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Miss USA 2017, Kara McCullough, is a 25-year-old scientist from Washington D.C., who represented the District of Columbia.

Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough was crowned Miss USA 2017 today.

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

LAS VEGAS (AP) — The District of Columbia has won back-to-back Miss USA titles.

Contestants who made it in the top ten celebrate during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas.

Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould is studying apparel retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota, while Miss District of Columbia Kára McCullough is a chemist working for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

McCullough, 25, works as a scientist at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, an independent agency of the USA government, and has an outreach program dedicated to tutoring children in science and math.

Kara McCullough, representing the District of Columbia, was crowned Sunday in Las Vegas.

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The pageant included five women who immigrated to the U.S.as children.

She was born in Naples, Italy, and was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.

With the win, she is now slated to compete in the Miss Universe contest. "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, but one thing I want to say, though, women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace", McCullough responded. For me, it has been one of the most empowering experiences because I have met so many empowered women, but at the same time, I have also been a victim of cyberbullying like numerous contestants with me standing on this stage. Verg and the women representing Florida, North Dakota, Hawaii and CT described the challenges and opportunities they faced as immigrants.

Wellentin and her family left the Philippines over safety fears when she was 2 years old. Following legal action Trump sold his stake in the pageants to a talent management group.

The show kicked off with a performance from a Cirque du Soleil show - a Las Vegas staple - based on Michael Jackson songs.

The show is being hosted by Julianne Hough, Ashley Graham and Terrence J. Grammy victor Pitbull and CMA Award victor Brett Eldredge will perform.

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

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