LAS VEGAS – Kara McCullough, the 20-year-old who represented District of Columbia, has been named Miss USA 2017 last Sunday at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas.
This is the second year in a row for the District of Columbia representative to bring home the crown. Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016, represented the country in the prestigious Miss Universe last January. Barber also represented the District of Colombia and she was the very first military member named as Miss USA.
The newly crowned Miss USA, McCullough, is a scientist by profession, working as a chemist for the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. She was born in Naples, Italy but she grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Her main purpose in joining the Miss USA is to inspire the youth to love and pursue science and technology, mathematics, and engineering.
The other finalists who made it to top six came from New Jersey, Florida, North Dakota, Hawaii, and Connecticut. McCullough was asked about her side on the issue of affordable healthcare for all US citizens, and whether it is a right or privilege. She answered that she believes it is a privilege.
Chhavi Verg, the runner-up who came from New Jersey, was an immigrant to the United States. Her family immigrated from India when she was 4 years old. Verg, a 20-year-old, finished a degree in Marketing at Rutgers University.
The runner-up gave her take about the new definition of American. She said that Americans are not just one face. There are different people who are Americans and she felt that being an Asian-American sometimes means being left out.
The prestigious Miss Universe pageant that will be joined by gorgeous and stunning ladies from different countries has no exact date yet but it might be held later this year or early next year.