khabarspecial/25 Years Old Government Scientist From DC Wins Miss USA Pageant 2017


Miss USA, Miss D.C. won the crown at the Miss USA pageant Special News Report by Ajit Singh: The 25-year-old hopes to inspire women interested in technology, engineering, and mathematics.

this beauty queen aced the swimsuit and evening gown categories, but it’s the questions part where she really turned heads.

Contestants stand on stage during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. Kara McCullough, a 25-year-old chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was crowned Sunday during the event. She will go on to compete on the Miss Universe contest. (AP Photo/John Locher)

Kara McCullough, who works as a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission in D.C., took home the Miss USA crown Sunday night.

Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough competes during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

McCullough, 25, was born in Italy and raised in Virginia Beach, and studied nuclear chemistry at South Carolina State University.

Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough reacts after she was crowned the new Miss USA during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In addition to her day job, she also hosts a community outreach program that introduces and teaches children different concepts in science.

“If you would have been my science teacher, I would have paid more attention in class!” Terrence Jenkins, who co-hosted the pageant along with “Dancing With the Stars” judge Julianne Hough, said.

Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough, center, reacts with fellow contestants after she was crowned the new Miss USA during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

McCullough said that she hopes especially to inspire women who are interested in technology, engineering, and mathematics, but hesitated to call herself a feminist during the controversial Q&A portion of the pageant.

In this May 11, 2017, photo, People including Miss North Dakota USA Raquel Wellentin, center right, compete during a preliminary competition for Miss USA in Las Vegas. Wellentin emigrated from the Philippines. Five of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title this year were born in other countries and now U.S. citizens. (AP Photo/John Locher)

“So as a woman scientist in the government, I’d like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism,” McCullough said.

“I don’t really want to consider myself — try not to consider myself like this die-hard, you know, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care about men.’

Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough, center, reacts with fellow contestants after she was crowned the new Miss USA during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

But one thing I’m gonna say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace.”

“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.

Miss District of Columbia USA Kara McCullough competes in the swimwear competition during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

“So as Miss USA, I would hope to promote that type of leadership responsibility globally to so many women worldwide.”

She also weighed in on the healthcare debate, sparking controversy online after suggesting it’s a privilege for those who have jobs.

It’s the second year in a row that Miss D.C. won the top prize. This year, McCullough beat out runner-up Chhavi Verg, who represented New Jersey.