Olivia Culpo appears on the cover of the latest issue of Boston Common magazine. In an interview with writer Nichole Bernier, the former Miss Universe (and Rhode Island native) talked about how she comes from a musical family — her mother, Susan Culpo, plays the viola in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and her father, Peter Culpo, was a professional trumpet player before he got into the restaurant biz. When she decided to start entering beauty pageants, her parents wondered what she was thinking.
“I started looking at people like Guiliana Rancic and Maria Menounos, and actresses like Halle Berry and Michelle Pfeiffer, studying the way they started their careers,” Culpo said, in the Boston Common interview.
“My parents said that they were embarrassed I was going to do pageants. They said it was narcissistic. So much of my life had been dedicated to the cello, and they couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t pursue that — or at least pursue the Miss America pageant, where you can showcase your talent in music.”
Today the 24-year-old is busy as ever, making appearances on TV and doing film work, and still manages to find time to hang out with her boyfriend Danny Amendola of the Patriots. She can be seen in the forthcoming movie “American Satan,” which stars Denise Richards, Malcolm McDowell, Sebastian Bach, and Larry King (talk about an eclectic cast!) and she’s also part-owner (along with her father and cousin) of a new restaurant that’s slated to open in North Kingstown, R.I.