New Miss USA to be crowned in Las Vegas

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Kara McCullough from the USA capital will go on to represent the United States at the Miss Universe contest.

The two-hour show featured 51 contestants representing each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg was named runner-up, and Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould was the second runner-up. McCullough was asked whether she thinks that affordable health care for all US citizens is a right or a privilege.

"I want to tell people that they need to make sure that they should not allow anyone to tell them that they can't do something because only you can determine your future", she said.

Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough was crowned Miss USA 2017 while wearing Chinese Laundry.

Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Wellentin, 24, who wants to be a middle school teacher after she completes a student-teaching requirement, said her experiences have taught her to not take no for an answer. Miss District of Columbia replied she likes to "transpose" the word feminism to "equalism".


Gordon, who hails from North Augusta, South Carolina, is a nursing major at Armstrong State University with a specialization in pediatric nursing. She hopes using her pageant platform to share her story will raise awareness of the dangers of driving while under the influence.

Five of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title have a message to immigrant girls and women watching the pageant this weekend: Set goals, work hard and don't stay in the shadows. Verg and the women representing Florida, North Dakota, Hawaii, Connecticut and New Jersey told The Associated Press this week they have faced challenges and opportunities as immigrants.

Verg told The Associated Press she and her parents immigrated from India to the USA with only $500 in their pockets when she was 4 years old. Gonzalez earned a degree in supply chain and logistics from the University of Houston, becoming the first person in her family to earn a college degree, and she aspires toward owning her own business one day. "I look at this as a great opportunity to. get to expe. There are many different people who are Americans, and I feel like Asian-Americans often times are left out of the conversation".

Their remarks stand in stark contrast to the scandal that enveloped the pageant in 2015, when part owner and now President Donald Trump offended Hispanics when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his bid for the White House.

The Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants for years were co-owned by billionaire Trump. Following legal action Trump sold his stake in the pageants to a talent management group. The show will even feature a jaw-dropping performance by Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE, Pitbull and Brett Eldridge, so it's going to be out of this world!

Julianne Hough, Ashley Graham and Terrence J. hosted the show.

"And I say firsthand: I have witnessed the impact that women have in leadership in the medical sciences, as well as just in the office environment", she added.

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