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Beauty and brains: scientist crowned Miss USA - PHOTOS

By REUTERS | 2017-05-16 06:54:48.0

  • Beauty and brains - scientist crowned Miss USA. Picture Credit: David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough celebrates after being crowned 2017 Miss USA. Pictures Credit: REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough celebrates after being crowned 2017 Miss USA. Picture Credit: REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough celebrates after being crowned 2017 Miss USA. Picture Credit: REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough celebrates after being crowned 2017 Miss USA. Picture Credit: REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough. Picture Credit: REUTERS/David Becker

  • Singer Pitbull performs. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Three out of the five finalists, Miss South Carolina Megan Gordon, Miss Illinois Whitney Wandland and Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould, stand on stage. REUTERS/David Becker

  • The five finalists, Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg, Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough, Miss South Carolina Megan Gordon, Miss Illinois Whitney Wandland and Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould, stand on stage. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss Alaska Alyssa London. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss South Carolina Megan Gordon. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss New York Hannah Lopa. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss Tennessee Allee-Sutton Hethcoat. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss District of Columbia Kara McCullough. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss South Carolina Megan Gordon. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss Tennessee Allee-Sutton Hethcoat. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss Illinois Whitney Wandland. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss Alaska Alyssa London. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss Minnesota Meredith Gould. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg. REUTERS/David Becker

  • Miss New York Hannah Lopa. REUTERS/David Becker

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A 25-year-old scientist representing the District of Columbia was crowned winner of the Miss USA pageant on Sunday, the second consecutive year that the contestant from the nation's capital won the annual competition.

Kara McCullough, who holds a degree in chemistry and works at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, triumphed over 50 other contestants, including first runner-up Chhavi Verg, representing New Jersey, to claim victory in the contest which was held at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center in Las Vegas.

For her question as one of three finalists, McCullough was asked about healthcare rights, and replied that affordable healthcare was a privilege for people who held jobs. The response drew some stinging criticism on social media platforms such as Twitter, but also had its defenders.

"Twitter is like a war zone," posted one user, referring to opposing reactions to the winner's remarks.

McCullough also took hits for saying she does not call herself a feminist, preferring "equalism," before adding "Women, we are just as equal as men, especially in the workplace."

The pageant's other finalist, Meridith Gould, represented Minnesota.

McCullough will go on to compete as the U.S. representative at the annual Miss Universe pageant.

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