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Elizabeth Lauten was born and bred in eastern North Carolina, and is currently a Press Secretary on Capitol Hill as well as a media consultant at Audeamus Communications in Washington, D.C., developing communications plans for clients ranging from political campaigns to TV show pilots. When she’s not busy working her 9-5, Elizabeth can be found volunteering for the Junior League of Washington or shopping along the streets of Georgetown or working at the local Lilly Pulitzer store, Pink Palm.

Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo Also Beautiful Inside Supporting Susan G. Komen For The Cure, USO And Gilda’s Club

Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Olivia Culpo, Miss Universe 2012
(Photo Credit: Getty Images)

For the first time in 15 years, an American has won the Miss Universe pageant. Last night, twenty-year-old Boston University sophomore Olivia Culpo had the honor of donning the globally coveted tiara marking the first time since 1997 that the United States took home top honors in the pageant, broadcast on NBC.

The Christmas-themed pageant was hosted by Bravo’s Andy Cohen and E! NewsGiuliana Rancic at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip and included 89 contestants from six continents representing countries ranging from China to Kosovo and Britain. The live event was viewed by about 1 billion people across the world, organizers said.

But the Miss Universe pageant is about more than pretty faces from across the globe. The winner of uses the notoriety to advance personal and humanitarian goals. As Miss USA, Olivia Culpo has become a spokeswoman for breast and ovarian cancer awareness, working closely with organizations such as Susan G. Komen for the Cure and Gilda’s Club. She also works with the USO as part of the Miss Universe Organization’s dedication to supporting our troops.

Culpo at October's Lace Up for the Cure event (Photo Credit: Nathan Fried-Lipsk)

Culpo at October’s Lace Up for the Cure event
(Photo Credit: Nathan Fried-Lipsk)

Over the next year, she will travel the world partnering with charities and championing for cause alliances, and increasing awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention.

 

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