Miss USA 2017, Kara McCullough, 25, is a representative from District Of Columbia, like her predecessor Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016. McCullough won the most important beauty contestant thanks to intelligence, elegance and strong personality. She was born in Italy but grew up in Virginia. She lived in several countries such as Japan and Korea because her father was a Marine. She studied at South Carolina State University, where she earned a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. She works as a scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission and wishes to inspire children to study mathematics, science, and technology.

A controversial answer

During the contest, McCullough was asked if access to medical care in the United States was a right or a privilege. She replied that receiving medical attention in this country is a privilege because people must have a job in order to receive it. Her answer generated controversy on social media. Although many people defended McCullough by arguing she was nervous, confused or perhaps not understood the question they asked. Others believe that her response was not good or bad, but she said what she really thought. The important thing is that she was sincere and answered the question with conviction.


McCullough is a great candidate to get the title of Miss Universe. In addition to her beauty and elegance, she can stand out in the contest because she is a vivacious woman with a strong personality.

She lived in several countries, which favors communication with foreign people. All the women competing in Miss Universe are smart and pretty, but not all of them know how to generate empathy with people. Nowadays, from social networks, people point out who their favorite contestant is, and try to influence the final decision of judges.

At the moment, many beauty contests are label as sexist, because women are treated as objects. That concept is relative because many beauty queens have university degrees and also are women who care about the welfare of others. They try to represent the best of a country and for that, they have to prepare for a long time, since they are evaluated in many ways, so they can prove that they are complete women. The factors that are taken into account to evaluate a contestant are beauty, talent, elegance and intelligence. All these factors should harmonize for the contestant to be competitive.