Olivia Culpo has made more than a splash or two by landing in the pages of the coveted Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, as well as being crowned Miss Universe.

And since moving on to become an in-demand model and entrepreneur, the Rhode Island native has lent her celebrity image to a number of worthy causes.

On Thursday, Culpo hoped to shine a light on Best Buddies International as she attended an event hosted by the non-profit at MOD Pizza in Los Angeles.

Making a difference: Olivia Culpo, 30, attended the Best Buddies International charity event held at MOD Pizza in Los Angeles on Thursday

Making a difference: Olivia Culpo, 30, attended the Best Buddies International charity event held at MOD Pizza in Los Angeles on Thursday

Making a difference: Olivia Culpo, 30, attended the Best Buddies International charity event held at MOD Pizza in Los Angeles on Thursday

Culpo looked casual for the day in blue jeans and a cropped brown sweater combination that highlighted her toned midriff.

She completed the ensemble with a pair of brown leather heels and a matching handbag.

The actress’ shoulder-length tresses were cut in a bob with a part down the middle.

Considering the event was held at MOD Pizza, a counter-serve chain restaurant known for its build-your-own pizzas, Culpo decided to change out of her sweater and into a black Best Buddies t-shirt when it was time to get to work.

Peace! The in-demand model flashed a peace sign during the red carpet portion of the event

Peace! The in-demand model flashed a peace sign during the red carpet portion of the event

Peace! The in-demand model flashed a peace sign during the red carpet portion of the event

Pageant queen: The 2012 Miss Universe winner was the picture of casual-cool in fitted blue jeans and a cropped brown sweater

Pageant queen: The 2012 Miss Universe winner was the picture of casual-cool in fitted blue jeans and a cropped brown sweater

Sleek: The fashionista had her brown locks in a bob cut with a center part

Sleek: The fashionista had her brown locks in a bob cut with a center part

Pageant queen: The 2012 Miss Universe winner was the picture of casual-cool in fitted blue jeans and a cropped brown sweater

Pizza making skills: Considering the event was held at MOD Pizza, a counter-serve chain restaurant known for its build-your-own pizzas, Culpo decided to change into a black Best Buddies t-shirt when it was time to get to work with her friends

Pizza making skills: Considering the event was held at MOD Pizza, a counter-serve chain restaurant known for its build-your-own pizzas, Culpo decided to change into a black Best Buddies t-shirt when it was time to get to work with her friends

Pizza making skills: Considering the event was held at MOD Pizza, a counter-serve chain restaurant known for its build-your-own pizzas, Culpo decided to change into a black Best Buddies t-shirt when it was time to get to work with her friends

After slipping on a pair of plastic gloves, Culpo started making pizzas with a group of participants and volunteers.

Everyone helped with the construction of a number of the Italian classic – from the rolling of the dough, to application of the sauce, cheese and toppings – before putting them into the oven.  

During all the fun of making the pizza pies – and, of course, eating them – the I Feel Pretty star documented much of the action on her Instagram page.

The beauty queen has been working with Best Buddies International since she entered her first pageant for Miss Rhode Island, which was more than 10 years ago.

Outfit change: Culpo seen making pizzas with fellow attendees on Thursday

Outfit change: Culpo seen making pizzas with fellow attendees on Thursday

Outfit change: Culpo seen making pizzas with fellow attendees on Thursday

History: The beauty queen has been working with Best Buddies International since she entered her first pageant for Miss Rhode Island, which was more than 10 years ago

History: The beauty queen has been working with Best Buddies International since she entered her first pageant for Miss Rhode Island, which was more than 10 years ago

History: The beauty queen has been working with Best Buddies International since she entered her first pageant for Miss Rhode Island, which was more than 10 years ago

Buddying up: Founded in 1989, the non-profit organization's mission statement is to 'enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,' according to its website

Buddying up: Founded in 1989, the non-profit organization's mission statement is to 'enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,' according to its website

Buddying up: Founded in 1989, the non-profit organization’s mission statement is to ‘enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,’ according to its website

Founded in 1989, the non-profit organization’s mission is to ‘enhance the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities,’ according to the official Best Buddies website.

It has turned into the world’s largest organization dedicated to ending the social, physical and economic isolation of the 200 million people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD).

The program ‘builds friendships between people with and without IDD, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion.’

The website also maintains that a majority of all monetary contributions are spent on the enrichment of the organization’s programs.

Cooking things up: Culpo documented her time At MOD Pizza with her buddies on Instagram

Cooking things up: Culpo documented her time At MOD Pizza with her buddies on Instagram

Cooking things up: Culpo documented her time At MOD Pizza with her buddies on Instagram

Friends for life: The model has known some of the participants for many years

Friends for life: The model has known some of the participants for many years

Friends for life: The model has known some of the participants for many years

Building bonds: The program 'builds friendships between people with and without IDD, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion'

Building bonds: The program 'builds friendships between people with and without IDD, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion'

Building bonds: The program ‘builds friendships between people with and without IDD, offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion’ 

Creative: Everyone seemed to be focused when it came to making their own pizza

Creative: Everyone seemed to be focused when it came to making their own pizza

Creative: Everyone seemed to be focused when it came to making their own pizza

Source: | Dailymail.co.uk

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