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Moments when Miss Columbia Kara Deidra McCullough as Miss USA 2017 being crowned former Miss USA Deshauna Barber during the Miss USA contest Sunday, May 14, 2017, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

The district of Columbia Kára Deidra McCullough has yet again successfully bagged the title crown of Miss USA 2017.

During the event which took place at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center on the Las Vegas Strip, Kára Deidra McCullough, Miss Columbia was crowned as the Miss USA 2017 by the outgoing titleholder Deshauna Barber. Kara was born on September 9, 1991 and is a scientist working at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Likewise, the runner-up was Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg, a student at Rutgers University studying marketing and Spanish. Whereas, Miss Minnesot Meridith Gould was successful to grab the second runner-up position, who is studying apparel retail merchandising at the University of Minnesota.

Prior to winning Miss District of Columbia USA 2017, McCullough was the first runner-up twice, in 2015 and 2016. During her time at Miss USA, McCullough received media attention and praise for deciding to compete with her natural hair, which was seen as support for the natural hair movement. She was the only one rocking her natural curls in a sea of smooth, polished blowouts, voluminous sets, and stick-straight styles. But for her going it wasn't exactly easy choice for going against all the odds. According to statement, "When I choose to wear my hair curly, I was afraid," she told Refinery29. "I didn’t know if people were going to accept it...if anyone was going to be receptive to it at all." The reaction, of course, has been better than she could have anticipated. But she was praised for her courage to embrace how she is and for her good decision.

On the other hand, she was also criticized for some of the fact like for her mildly conservative question answers. When she was asked if US healthcare is a right or a privilege. “I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege. As a government employee, I’m granted health care. And I see firsthand that for one, to have health care, you need to have jobs, so therefore we need to continue to cultivate this environment so that we’re given the opportunities to have health care as well as jobs for all Americans worldwide,” she said. Of course, the healthcare debate is ongoing in America and Donald Trump is working to repeal Obamacare.
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