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Miss USA 2012 competition swayed by question and answer portion

Sara Hall

A former group of Miss USA contestants practice for the competition.

Runner-up Audrey Bolte’s answer to a question may have cost her the competition

Miss USA 2012 winner Olivia Culpo may have her competitor Audrey Bolte to thank as the reason behind her ultimate win of the coveted crown.

Websites are buzzing about the possible cause of runner-up Bolte, of Ohio, coming in second place instead of taking the Miss USA title that Culpo, of Rhode Island, won.

Many are saying Bolte’s surprising answer to a question from a Miss USA judge regarding how women are portrayed in the media caused her downfall.

Bolte answered the question unexpectedly, citing “Pretty Women,” a movie revolving around Julia Roberts’ career as a prostitute, as an inspiration to young women.

“We had a wonderful, beautiful woman, Julia Roberts, and she was having a rough time. But you know what? She came out on top and she didn’t let anyone stay in her path,” Bolte said.

Bolte’s untraditional answer caught the judges off guard and possibly gave Culpo the edge to win the Miss USA crown.

Culpo was also asked a difficult and controversial question during the Miss USA pageant, but she managed to answer in a more satisfactory way that pleased the judges.

Culpo was asked if transgender competitors should be allowed to participate in the Miss USA pageants, and she said she approved of their participation, despite any possible criticism from outsiders.

Culpo will now advance from the Miss USA pageant to representing the United States at the Miss Universe pageant.

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