Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough Crowned Miss USA

Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough Crowned Miss USA

On Sunday night, a new Miss USA was crowned and it was District of Columbia's very own, Kara McCullough. She was born in Italy but raised in Virginia Beach. Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg is a student at Rutgers University studying marketing and Spanish.

McCullough, who works at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, responded that she "definitely" viewed it a privilege, before segueing into a seemingly unrelated talking point about job creation. Several wished her to be the real victor, considering her intelligence and confidence, especially after McCullough's comment on healthcare was widely questioned.

By disappointing the social-justice warriors, McCullough proved she's not only attractive and smart, but ready to speak her mind - in other words, a true queen.

"So as a woman scientist in the government, I've liked to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism", McCullough said. "But one thing I want to say is that women are just as equal to men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace".

Then the Miss District of Columbia said, "I don't want to call myself a feminist".

"So as Miss USA, I would hope to promote that type of leadership responsibility globally to so many women worldwide", she said. It was the second year in a row that a contestant from Washington, D.C. had nabbed the competition's top honor.

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McCullough's comments are particularly controversial, as some fear that as Miss USA, she may send unrealistic messages about healthcare access and women's rights to young girls across the nation.

The answer sent social media users into a frenzy, as many user chided McCullough for her answer.

"It is an unbelievable opportunity for this young woman to shine light on what it means to be a strong, confident, powerful young woman today", she told Inside Edition.

Miss USA was speaking of the U.S.

"As a government employee, I am granted healthcare", said McCullough. "I didn't know how people were going to accept it, if anyone was going to be receptive to it at all, but I felt like a Grecian goddess on stage!"

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