Local Lady Upgraded To Miss USA After American Is Crowned Miss Universe

by Sophie Pyle · December 21, 2012

[Olivia Culpo] [Nana Meriwether]

Miss Maryland USA 2012 Nana Meriwether just got upgraded to Miss USA 2012 on Tuesday night, after Miss Rhode Island/USA Olivia Culpo snagged the Miss Universe title at the annual Trump pageant at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

Miss Meriwether was raised in Potomac, Maryland and attended Sidwell Friends--the same school currently attended by the first daughters and the veep's granddaughters.

The statuesque beauty played volleyball for UCLA, grabbed a grad degree at University of Southern California, and currently resides in NYC as she gets her social media company, The Epicure Group, off the ground.

The previous Miss Maryland USA titleholder was Allyn Rose, who has made major headlines this fall announcing her intentions to undergo a preventative double mastectomy.

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