Sitting in a small dressing room at the new Tod’s boutique in Copley Place, model and onetime Miss Universe Olivia Culpo looked like a million bucks in an all-white ensemble from the designer’s new collection.
But Culpo wanted to be clear: She was there to promote Tod’s, and perhaps a few of her own projects, not to talk about her ex-boyfriend, former Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, or President Trump, whom she met a few times on the pageant circuit.
“Tod’s was one of the first brands I fell in love with once I started in street style,” said Culpo, who grew up in Cranston, R.I., and attended Boston University. “They believed in me from the start, and I do think they helped launch my credibility in fashion, to be honest with you.”
Directing our attention to her outfit, Culpo cooed: “Their leather is unlike any other luxury brand. It seriously feels like butter.”
Before she was a beauty queen, Culpo, 25, was an ordinary college student, studying communications and acting at BU. That all changed when she walked away — sashayed, really — with the Miss Universe 2012 title.
“My life changed pretty much overnight and then I left school,” she said. “From then, I never looked back. When I come back to Boston, I’m sad because I never realized that my last week of school was going to be my last week of school, and I never realized that my life was going to change so much.”
There was a brief romance with Nick Jonas, but Culpo’s two-year relationship with Amendola looked like the real thing. Until it didn’t. Not long after the receiver signed with the Miami Dolphins a month or so ago, Amendola stopped following Culpo on Instagram, signaling the couple’s abrupt break-up.
No matter. Culpo has plenty to keep her busy. She co-owns a restaurant in North Kingstown, R.I. called Back 40, and she plans to start a virtual book club so her considerable social-media following — Culpo has 2.7 million followers on Instagram and 237,000 on Twitter — can keep tabs on what she’s reading. (At the moment, Culpo can’t get enough of “Mind Platter,” a collection of reflections by the Lebanese-Canadian poet/speaker Najwa Zebian.)
Culpo also makes a cameo in Amy Schumer’s new movie, “I Feel Pretty,” which has drawn criticism from some who think it sends the wrong message about body image.
“I feel like the backlash I’ve heard is a misinterpretation of the film,” Culpo told us. “I think the message [of the film] is that we are as beautiful as we allow ourselves to believe we are — and we are all beautiful.”
Culpo had nothing to say about Trump though it’s clear she knows him. In 2013, according to the new book, “Russian Roulette: The Inside Story of Putin’s War on America and the Election of Donald Trump,” Culpo was photographed with Trump and Russian pop star Emin Agalarov at a Las Vegas nightclub. (She later appeared in a video for one of Agalarov’s songs.)
In 2015, Culpo was set to judge at the Miss USA pageant, but she stepped down after then-candidate Trump called Mexican immigrants “rapists.”
“I could not be involved with a clear conscience,” she told Cosmopolitan.