Meet New Miss USA Kára McCullough
25 year old Kára McCullough was crowned Miss USA 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.
Many pageant participants and winners are stereotyped as vapid and superficial, but Kara works as a chemist at the United States Nuclear Regulator! Her specialization in radiochemistry has allowed her to explore an area that few others ever have.
Kára McCullough was actually born in Naples, Italy, but moved with her family to the United States when she was child, and grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The new Miss USA is also a collaborator on "Science Exploration for Kids", a program that seeks to make chemistry and mathematics more understandable, accessible, and fun for all children.
After being crowned, she publicly affirmed her passion for science:
"I see this as a great opportunity to experience the world's cultures, as well as to be impacted by so many children, hopefully in science and mathematics".
However Kára McCullough was heavily attacked by social media networks because of her answer to a question about access to health care. She was asked whether she believed that health care was a right or a privilege, and McCullough answered,
"I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege."
"As a government employee, I am granted health care and I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have jobs," she said at the time. "So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunity to have health care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide."
Kara has since clarified her remarks on Good Morning America,
"I am privileged to have health care and I do believe that it should be a right, I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide. I just want people to see where I was coming from. Having a job, I have to look at health care like it is a privilege."