- Olivia Culpo was recently given the top spot on Maxim’s Hot 100 list for 2019.
- She’s a former Miss Universe winner, seasoned cello player, and restaurant owner.
- In the past, she has been linked to celebrities like Nick Jonas, Tim Tebow, and Zedd.
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If you haven’t heard of Olivia Culpo before, you’ll definitely hear about her now: the star was just given the top spot on Maxim’s 2019 Hot 100 list, making her the magazine’s pick for the sexiest woman in the world.
Culpo is a former beauty queen with some impressive talents and a pretty interesting career. Here’s what you should know about her.
She grew up in Rhode Island and attended Boston University
She started participating in beauty pageants when she was 18 years old
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While at BU, Culpo decided she wanted to pursue acting and modeling more so she started getting into beauty pageants.
At Culpo’s very first pageant, she walked away with the title of Miss Rhode Island. Later that year, she won the title of Miss USA.
After winning Miss USA, she decided not to return to college
Following her Miss USA win, Culpo told The Daily Free Press, Boston University’s student newspaper, that she would not be returning to college, though “it will always be a big part of [her] past.”
Later, in a 2018 interview with Haute Living, she said that she was never a big fan of college culture, explaining, “My parents never made me feel guilty about going to college and how expensive it was because they’re the best, but it made me feel weird, knowing that it was so expensive [and the students around me were wasting their parents’ money by partying].”
In 2012, she became the first American in to win Miss Universe since 1997
Culpo quickly went from Miss Rhode Island to Miss USA and, by the end of 2012, she was crowned Miss Universe at the 61st Annual Pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada. Culpo was the first American to win the title since 1997.
She has dabbled in acting and reality television
Being crowned Miss Universe allowed Culpo to get more involved in the world of Hollywood, where she started taking on some acting roles. You may have seen her in the E! series “Model Squad,” a reality show that follows the lives of models in New York City. She also appeared in films like “American Satan” and “The Other Woman.”
She also has some modeling history
As a social media influencer, Culpo is constantly working with various fashion and beauty brands (like Cartier and L’Oreal, to name just two), and modeling for them. In 2018, she was named a Sports Illustrated Rookie for the swimsuit issue. She appeared in the publication’s 2019 swimsuit issue as well.
She dated Nick Jonas between 2013 and 2015
She has also been linked to Tim Tebow, though it was never confirmed that they dated
Not long after her split with Jonas, it was reported that Culpo was dating football player Tim Tebow but the pair’s connection was never confirmed.
Culpo dated Danny Amendola on-again, off-again for a few years but they recently split
Culpo began dating football player Danny Amendola around 2016. They seemed to be dating on-again, off-again for a few years but in April Amendola posted a public, now-deleted Instagram rant about Culpo, confirming the pair’s breakup.
She is an accomplished cellist with quite a few musical accolades under her belt
Culpo started playing the cello when she was 6 years old and she grew up playing in youth ensembles and orchestras in New England.
The daughter of two professional musicians, Culpo has even taken the stage with the cello at the renowned Carnegie Hall in New York City. She has attended Brevard Music Center, a prestigious music institute and performed with both the Rhode Island All-State Orchestra and the Boston University Accompanietta.
But, as she told Elle magazine, playing the cello wasn’t always glamorous.
“I remember going to band camp as a teenager in the summer [for four years] … going up the hills at band camp with a giant cello on wheels would be awful,” she told the publication in 2016. “Even in high school, I was always struggling when I’d leave school because I’d want to hang out with my friends, obviously, but my cello wouldn’t fit in anyone’s car so I would have to be that person who couldn’t go anywhere fun because I’d have to be with my giant cello.”
Culpo really loves to cook and she has a restaurant
In 2015 she told Arcadia Online, “I absolutely love cooking and I’m always working on great new recipes. Whether it’s just cooking for myself or for family and friends, I am always trying to make household favorites healthier.”
Culpo is so into cooking that she actually made it part of her career. According to The Boston Globe, in 2017 she and her family opened a restaurant called Back 40. It’s located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island, and serves American comfort food.
She’s often thought of as a style and beauty icon
In 2017 she told Glamour UK, “I actually think that there are no mistakes in fashion. Fashion for me is self-expression and I will never say that what I was feeling or wearing at a particular time was wrong.”
She’s now reportedly dating the DJ Zedd
In May 2019, reports began to swirl that Culpo was dating the DJ Zedd as the two were recently spotted at her 27th birthday party in Miami, Florida. They were also reportedly seen together at Coachella in April.