Miss USA 2017 Is Crowned — But Not Without Some Controversy First!

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Say hello to our new Miss USA!

On Sunday evening, the 2017 Miss USA title was handed out and ANOTHER beauty queen from Washington, D.C. snagged the coveted title. Yup, Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough was announced the winner during the live competition in Las Vegas!

Photos: Worst Beauty Pageant Answers Of All Time!

Miz McCullough beat out the other top three finalists, including first runner-up Miss New Jersey (Chhavi Verg) and second runner-up Miss Minnesota (Meridith Gould). And we can’t say we’re surprised to hear that Kara won the Miss USA crown as she’s a nuclear scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. No, really!

Not to mention, this is the second year in a row that a contestant from D.C. has walked away victorious at the celebrated pageant.

Still, McCullough’s crowning doesn’t come without some controversy. The scientist was dragged online for her answers regarding health care and feminism during the competition. When asked if healthcare is a right or a privilege, Kara responded that healthcare should only go to citizens with jobs — but then added that it’s the country’s job to make more employment opportunities so that most people can have healthcare. Huh.

See the best reactions to her answer (below).

Of course, the Twitter reactions didn’t stop there as many people weighed in on the competition after D.C. said she doesn’t like to use the word “feminist” and would rather use the phrase “equalism.”

The dark haired stunner explained:

“I don’t want to call myself a feminist. Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace.”

Obviously, the internet had a lot to say (below) about that quote.

Eek. Hopefully, these controversies aren’t foreshadowing what’s to come during Kara’s reign as Miss USA.

Good luck, girl!

May 15, 2017 8:09am PDT

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