When I say “I met Olivia Culpo” I still have trouble comprehending that it actually happened. If you know me, you know that I am a huge Olivia Culpo fan. Actually, a huge fan is an understatement, Olivia Culpo is basically my idol. When I discovered she would be at the Boston Film Festival at a theater only a 3-minute walk from my school, I bought tickets as fast as I could. I thought this could actually be my opportunity to meet her, even though there was still a chance I wouldn’t. Rushing to the theater only 3 minutes before showtime, my friend and I waited in a line that reached all the way to the concessions of people waiting to see the movie premiere. Little did we know how big this premiere was going to be. There were photographers and videographers recording the whole event. I’ll be completely honest, I had no idea what the movie was about nor did I know any of the main actors. I just went hoping to see Olivia and didn’t do any background research on the movie. We took our seats in the theater and still no sight of Olivia. As the movie started, the main actors started trickling into the seats behind us. Even though we had no idea who they were, it was still pretty cool to see a movie with the actors and director behind you.
About 15 minutes into the movie my friend nudges me to the look to the right and I see someone in a sparkly black jumpsuit sneaking into the theater. Trying to stay calm, I try to focus on the movie and refrain from going up to talk to her. Actually, my friend did try to get me to go up to her and introduce myself but I didn’t want to seem too “stalker-ish”. As the movie went on, it became harder for me to focus on the movie when my idol was 3 rows behind me. I was trying to think of ways to meet her without being a creepy fan that she is probably used to encountering. So I did the most logical thing I could do in the moment, follow her into the bathroom. Not creepy at all, right? After washing my hands and touching up my makeup, I waited to “run into” Olivia. She finally comes out and after waiting a few moments to not bombard her, I turn to her and say “Aren’t you Olivia Culpo?” (as if I didn’t know already). She looked up and smiled at me and said yes she was, so I went up to her and shook my hand and said, “Hi I’m Elise Sanchez and I am a fashion blogger and you actually liked a few of my pictures last week of me wearing some of your clothes.” She replied, “Oh no way, really? What clothes were you wearing of mine?” I went on to explain how I was wearing her line with Le Tote and then I further introduced myself and told her I go to Emerson College down the road and that one day I aspire to be like her one day. She replied back to me, “Thank you, you are so sweet. Thank you for coming to the premiere today.” Still starstruck, I shakily asked Olivia if we can take a picture. She said yes and looked at the time on my phone and said, “It’s only 10:30, wow I thought it was like 1 am. I am exhausted and I have Danny’s jacket on” the rest of what she said I don’t particularly remember, I was just so caught up in the fact that she was talking to me as if she was my friend. She even mentioned her boyfriend, New England Patriot’s player Danny Amendola. Attempting to take selfies, I was too shaky and wanted a better picture, so I asked if we could possibly take a real picture so she suggested that her friend could take a picture of us. After taking multiple pictures, I thanked her and her friend and made small talk with them as we entered the theater. Not only did I meet my idol, I actually had a conversation with her. I couldn’t have been happier in that moment. I sat back down in my seat and thanked my friend for encouraging me to go meet her because if it wasn’t for her I might have chickened out. After meeting her in person and looking at the pictures of us, I honestly did not think it was possible for her to be prettier in person but she was. Olivia was everything I thought she would be and more. I am so grateful I had the opportunity to meet her and still can’t wrap my mind around all that happened. I look up to my idols as inspiration for what I want to accomplish, and meeting Olivia Culpo and seeing how nice and genuine she makes me want to work harder to be that for someone else.