Article Dec 31, 2016

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Olivia Culpo shares her secret to perfecting 'off-duty' hairstyles

Beauty queen Olivia Culpo has managed to perfect her "off-duty" gym hairdos by applying heat with basic styling equipment.

The 24-year-old Miss Universe 2012 winner may be primped to perfection when she is out and about, but she refuses to get red carpet ready for a session at the health club, preferring to take on a more simple look while working up a good sweat.

"My off-duty hair is air-dried, but I'll bend the ends with a curler or an iron," Nick Jonas' ex explains to Elle magazine. "I try to keep it as minimal as possible, but I'll use something... I'm not a makeup at the gym person, but I'll always use a hair tool."

Olivia is known for her glamorous style and although she loves fashion and makeup, she doesn't think it's fair to expect every woman to follow her lead.

"Nobody ever completely fits in," she declares. "That's life, and that's actually a good thing. Everybody's different, and that's also a good thing. A great thing, really. So, if you don't want to wear heels and makeup, you are not any less valuable than any other woman."

"For me, beauty and clothing and hair is art," Culpo adds. "I really think of it as a creative form of expression that I'm lucky enough to do. And I'm glad I can inspire women to play with makeup and hair stuff as a way to express themselves, because I know how much I love it.

"But feeling good, feeling beautiful, and feeling like yourself, that is so particular to every person. It's not one answer. You can love books or be a music nerd and also love fashion. You can ignore fashion and still be beautiful. Only you can really decide how to divide your time. And only you can decide what's valuable and what matters in your own life."