The Boston University community took to Twitter on Wednesday night after Rhode Island native and Boston University sophomore Olivia Culpo was crowned the 2012 Miss Universe winner—bringing the title back to the United States for the first time in 15 years. Yet, despite the Terrier Pride, Culpo won’t be returning to strut the sidewalks of Commonwealth Avenue.
Olivia Culpo’s sister, Sophie, told the Associated Press that although her 20-year-old sister does want to finish her education, she doesn’t believe Boston “could advance her ambition to become an actress.”
As the 2012 Miss Universe winner, Culpo—a self-proclaimed “cellist nerd”—received an undisclosed salary, brand new wardrobe, a limitless supply of beauty products and a luxury apartment in New York City. Along with the perks, she will also be taking a year off from school to fulfill travel and philanthropic obligations related to the Miss USA crown.
Culpo was handed down the crown by Miss Universe 2011 Leila Lopes of Angola, having been picked from 88 other women who flew in to Las Vegas from around the world to compete. Culpo took to the stage in a purple and blue bikini and a red velvet gown. When she was later asked by the judges about her regrets, she admitted she wished she had never picked on her siblings.
The last Miss USA to win the Miss Universe pageant was Brook Lee in 1997. Lucky for the USA, Culpo was able to break the losing streak.
There is one piece of hope left for the Boston University community, though. Despite Sophie Culpo claiming her sister wouldn’t be returning to campus, a spokesperson told the Associated Press that, as far as the Miss Universe Organization knows, Culpo has not ruled out returning to Boston.
Not to burst any bubbles, but perhaps now isn’t the time to be holding your breath.
For a look at photos of the Miss Universe 2012 winner, check out the slideshow below.