Olivia Culpo reveals why inclusive sizing is important for pageants

Model Olivia Culpo stepped out on Thursday night in Chicago to celebrate the first day of summer at the Sound of Rum Sessions with Bacardi. While Major Lazer took the stage, AOL sat down with the former Miss Universe winner to discuss everything from her upcoming projects to her deep-rooted love for music. 

"I love music so much. It’s such an important part of my upbringing. Both my parents are musicians. All of my siblings play music. I grew up playing the Cello my whole life and I love to sing. I really do enjoy music -- it’s kind of a hidden thing that I like to keep to myself."

From a new film with Bruce Willis coming out in September to her upcoming show "Model Squad" debuting on E! in the fall, Culpo who recently became a new aunt shows no signs of slowing down. 

"I am designing for an upcoming [fashion] project. I can’t tell you too much who we’re collaborating with but yes it’s happening. It’s very exciting. My new movie with Bruce Willis is coming out August 31st and then "Model Squad" will be on E! in August or September. There's a lot going on!"

Culpo, who made headlines for going from Miss Rhode Island to Miss USA to Miss Universe all within a year, is no stranger to comparison in the spotlight. With Miss America making recent headlines for scraping their swimsuit competition, AOL asked the former beauty queen why it's important for major pageants to make strides in inclusive sizing.

"I think it’s important to include all sizes no matter what it’s for in the world There’s no one thing that makes somebody beautiful. Beauty is in all shapes and sizes, all different color skin tones, all different beliefs. I think that we are slowly getting closer to a place like that and hopefully these are the kind of steps that will help us get there."

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CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 21: Olivia Culpo attends BACARDI Presents Sound Of Rum Sessions: Chicago With Major Lazer and special guest Olivia Culpo on June 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for BACARDI)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 21: Olivia Culpo attends BACARDI Presents Sound Of Rum Sessions: Chicago With Major Lazer and special guest Olivia Culpo on June 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for BACARDI)
CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 21: Olivia Culpo attends BACARDI Presents Sound Of Rum Sessions: Chicago With Major Lazer and special guest Olivia Culpo on June 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for BACARDI)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Olivia Culpo attends the 2018 CFDA Fashion Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Stewart/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Olivia Culpo and Rebecca Minkoff attend the 2018 CFDA Awards at Brooklyn Museum on June 4, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Olivia Culpo attends the REVOLVE 'LA Party In London' hosted by Winnie Harlow at Hotel Cafe Royal on May 31, 2018 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 17: Olivia Culpo attends the Dolce & Gabbana Light Blue Italian Zest Launch Event at the NoMad Hotel Los Angeles on May 17, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Dolce & Gabbana Fragrance)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Vanessa Hudgens (L) and Olivia Culpo attend 2018 Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch Hosted by Vanessa & Gina Hudgens on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Best Buddies International)
MALIBU, CA - MAY 12: Olivia Culpo attends 2018 Best Buddies Mother's Day Brunch Hosted by Vanessa & Gina Hudgens on May 12, 2018 in Malibu, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/Getty Images for Best Buddies International)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Model Olivia Culpo is seen leaving Gigi Hadid's party in Brooklyn on April 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Raymond Hall/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 24: Olivia Culpo is seen wearing an Eloshi dress with Gianvito Rossi shoes and a Dior hangbag in Chelsea on April 24, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Gotham/Getty Images)
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 17: Model Olivia Culpo arrives at the premiere of STX Films' 'I Feel Pretty' at Westwood Village Theatre on April 17, 2018 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
LA QUINTA, CA - APRIL 14: Olivia Culpo attends #REVOLVEfestival Day 1 on April 14, 2018 in La Quinta, California. (Photo by Roger Kisby/Getty Images for REVOLVE)
PALM SPRINGS, CA - APRIL 13: Rachel Zoe, Olivia Culpo, Paris Hilton, Erin Foster, Whitney Port, Victoria Justice and Sara Foster attend Rachel Zoe's 4th Annual ZOEasis at Parker Palm Springs on April 13, 2018 in Palm Springs, California. (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Belvedere Vodka)
LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 11: Olivia Culpo is seen on April 11, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by BG023/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
VERONA, ITALY - APRIL 10: Sandro Veronesi and Olivia Culpo attend the Calzedonia Summer Show on April 10, 2018 in Verona, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 24: Actress/model Olivia Culpo attends Sports Illustrated Swimsuit new issue launch and model search winners celebration at Encore Beach Club in Wynnn Las Vegas on March 24, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Wynn Nightlife)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 15: Olivia Culpo attends the Nine West 40th Anniversary Celebration hosted by Olivia Culpo at Good Times at Davey Wayne's on March 15, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Nine West)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03: Olivia Culpo wearing Ronald van der Kemp pants and jacket, Valextra bag, Nina Ricci shoes, Jennifer Fisher jewelry seen during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on March 3, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Christian Vierig/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 04: Olivia Culpo attends the John Galliano show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on March 4, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Pierre Suu/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 02: Olivia Culpo attends the Nina Ricci show as part of the Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on March 2, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Bertrand Rindoff Petroff/Getty Images)
PARIS, FRANCE - FEBRUARY 28: Olivia Culpo wearing a yellow fur coat and Lanvin bag, is seen in the streets of Paris before the Lanvin show during Paris Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2018/2019 on February 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images)
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