Olivia Culpo has a lot of acclamations under her belt, and she's only 23 years old. The former Miss Universe 2012, actress and fashionista was one of the keynote speakers at Sunday’s Simply Stylist Do What You Love conference sponsored by Dove, an event geared toward women interested in learning more about the fashion and beauty industries.
At the New York conference Culpo opened up to a room full of excited women about her career and what inspires her, and gave tips to budding beauty gurus. Before taking the stage, however, Culpo chatted with International Business Times about the latest fall fashion trends, which celebrities have the best style, and why she's glad heavy contouring is a thing of the past.
International Business Times: How would you describe your personal style?
Olivia Culpo: I would say it's very classic -- chic, clean and timeless. It's very simple; I like to keep things as clean and as simple as possible. I like to think that in 10 years I will look back on what I was wearing, and [it will] still apply.
IBT: What are some staple pieces in your closet, some of your go-to pieces?
Culpo: I love a good crop sweater, a pair of high-waisted jeans or parachute pants. I love white blouses; everybody needs a good, clean white blouse and skinny jean. And I'm obsessed with pointy-toe pumps.
IBT: Are there any celebrities whose style you love?
Culpo: I like people who keep it simple. I like a lot of the classics like what Audrey Hepburn used to wear. I really like Amal Clooney and what she wears, [and] I love Victoria Beckham -- she always looks very chic and polished.
IBT: And what are some of your favorite fashion trends right now?
Culpo: Camo, I love camo. I also love a lot of color that is very popular in the fall, like maroons, greens, navies, browns, oranges [and] reds.
IBT: So nothing too crazy. Are there any beauty trends you love right now?
Culpo: I'm really loving a clean face, actually. I think the overcontouring face is sort of out, which I'm happy about. I [also] love a berry lip and a strong brow, and the cat eye is always fun.
IBT: What was the best piece of advice you've gotten related to fashion and beauty?
Culpo: I just saw a quote yesterday by Jessica Alba that I loved, which is: Take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. I know it seems so simple, but when you think about it, it’s just so easy for people to forget what opportunities they have and instead look at what other people have. It’s about looking at what you have right now and taking the opportunities that you have and building on that.
IBT: And with Halloween coming up, do you have your costume picked out yet?
Culpo: My costume is still up in the air. I'm not quite sure yet, but I do have some options. My go-to was always the cat. It's so easy -- all you do is eyeliner and make some whiskers and wear all black, so that's a fun one. I was even thinking maybe some sort of animal, maybe a monkey. I'm so last-minute; I like to take things one day at a time.
IBT: What made you want to participate in the Simply Stylist panel?
Culpo: I'm here to learn and to also share with others my experience and hopefully help others grow. I know I'll learn from the other girls because I learn from women every single day. Events like this are so important today, especially when I feel like women are on such a roll of breaking out for themselves and becoming entrepreneurs. It's not all about the men anymore who have all these crazy ideas of business; it's actually the women taking their brand and personal style and knowledge, and making a huge mega-success-story out of it.