Government scientist from DC wins Miss USA title

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 16, 2017

In any case, McCullough-who works at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and was also declared "one of the most intelligent contestants in recent memory" during the pageant-is now the proud custodian of a shiny, shiny crown, as well as a prize package that includes a year of rent in New York City, a new wardrobe, and the chance to represent the U.S.at the coming Miss Universe pageant.

Newly crowned Miss USA sparked controversy after calling heath care "a privilege" for working people, not a right for all Americans.

For her question as one of three finalists, McCullough was asked about healthcare rights, and replied that affordable healthcare was a privilege for people who held jobs.

Later in the competition, McCullough, Verg and Gould were asked to explain what they consider feminism to be and whether they consider themselves feminists. The second runner-up is Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould.

McCullough will go on to compete as the US representative at the annual Miss Universe pageant.

After the pageant, McCullough expanded on her views on feminism. "I think domestically we are making progress and I do believe that we will become equal one day".

Verg was one of five women who participated in the pageant who told The Associated Press they immigrated to the USA with their families at a young age. 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. Her family immigrated from India when she was 4 years old. Back in 2015, Trump launched his presidential campaign by tearing down the Mexican "criminals" and "rapists" allegedly pouring into the USA; his words led to a swift rebuke from NBC, which severed ties with the businessman and dropped his Miss Universe pageants from its schedule.

"I want to show Americans that the definition of what it means to be American is changing", the 20-year-old said.

Trump owned the Miss Universe Organization, which included the Miss USA Pageant, until September 2015, when he sold it to talent agency and marketing firm WME-IMG.

The 2017 edition of the Miss USA pageant has begun in Las Vegas with a performance from a Cirque du Soleil show based on Michael Jackson songs.

It features hosts Julianne Hough, Ashley Graham and Terrence J.

Fifty-one women will participate in the decades-old competition airing live at 8 p.m. EDT on Fox from Mandalay Bay Convention Center.

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