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Miss USA 2017: Kara McCullough Crowned as the New Queen

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25-year-old scientist Kara McCullough has been crowned as Miss USA 2017 on Sunday by 2016 winner DeShauna Barber. This is the second year in a row that the winner is emerging from the same state, D.C. District of Columbia.

The event was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas and the new queen will go on to represent America in the Miss Universe contest.

“I’m extremely thankful for this opportunity,” McCullough told reporters after the event. “I just want to encourage so many women nationwide to find their passion in any subject possible and understand that nothing is difficult if you really, truly put the work in for it.”

In the competition, the three finalists were asked to explain what they consider feminism to be and whether they consider themselves feminists. Miss District of Columbia replied she likes to “transpose” the word feminism to “equalism.”

However, McCullough’s win was criticised on social media after her controversial comments about health care and feminism. She called affordable health care a “privilege” for U.S. citizens, not a right.

As a government employee, I’m granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs,” McCullough said during the question-and-answer round for the top five finalists.

The remark ignited political divides over President Donald Trump and the Republican Party’s efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Miss USA Chosen among the Top 10

Miss USA for the Swimwear Segment

Miss USA for the Evening Gown Segment

In the her moment of triumph

Photo Credit: GettyImages | Ethan Miller

6 Comments

  1. Rose

    May 15, 2017 at 6:50 pm

    Wow ???

  2. Alexandria

    May 15, 2017 at 9:35 pm

    The Miss USA crown went from an army captain to a nuclear scientist. Very impressive! I don’t see this happening with our MBGN or Miss Nigeria, na so so NFAs dey win pageants in this part of the world. They all claim to be aspiring models, but we all know that they’re just looking for a rich man to marry (not like there’s anything wrong with that), but my point is most of them don’t even have ambitions.

    • keke driver

      May 16, 2017 at 7:09 am

      “Na so so NFAs dey win pagents in this part of our world”???

    • EbonyFre

      May 16, 2017 at 8:43 am

      Army captain, Nuclear scientist, Plus Black girl magic! <3

    • le coco

      May 16, 2017 at 10:46 am

      you are right .. nothing wrong with being a model bt its a bit “typical” I knw so many of these MBGN’s and Miss This or that and the story is atoryll the same.. they don’t care about people nd the community like they claim.. what ever charity they do only lasts one year.. after they hand over the crown they become a video vixen

  3. Ephi

    May 16, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Beauty and brains.

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