Olivia Culpo won the Miss USA crown last year, en route to also claiming the Miss Universe title. Her advice to the contestants at this year’s USA pageant is to “work your hardest,” and I’m certain she meant “work” and not “werk.”
“There tends to be a pecking order with the girls behind the stage that nobody really sees,” Culpo explained on “The Ralphie Show.” “You know who the frontrunners are because you know who’s working the hardest.”
Culpo cited examples of what some of the state qualifiers do to catch the judges’ attention, such as never removing their heels, sitting down, or nodding off during rehearsals.
“I never wanted to think of it as that, but I did want to think of it in terms of how hard I was working and I did know that I was working my hardest,” she responded when I asked whether she considered herself a lead candidate last year. “I wanted to work as hard as I could.”
These are big shoes for 19 year-old Brittany Stenovitch to fill. The Cranston, RI-native is from the same town as Culpo and will represent the Ocean State in this year’s competition. The reigning Miss Universe made no bones about the fact that she’s pulling for the contestant that she crowned.
“I gotta keep it real with my ‘Rhody’ peeps!” Culpo insisted.
The Miss USA pageant airs Sunday night at 9 on NBC. The event will be co-hosted by Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas. Internet sensation Katherine Webb, who competed last year as Miss Alabama USA, will not judge but will be in attendance. Webb found instant fame earlier this year when ESPN play-by-play man Brent Musburger commented about her attractiveness during the BCS National Championship Game.
“That’s an incredible story,” remarked Culpo. “It couldn’t have happened to a nicer girl.”