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Miss District of Columbia wins 2017 edition of Miss USA

Miss District of Columbia wins 2017 edition of Miss USA

Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Kara McCullough reacts as she is crowned Miss USA 2017 by Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

"As Miss USA, I would love to be able to be that inspiration for our immigrant community", said Linnette De Los Santos, who emigrated with her family from the Dominican Republic when she was five.

When Kára walked onto the stage with her fellow contestants, it quickly became clear that she alone had chosen to wear her natural curls.

McCullough also raised some eyebrows when asked what she considers "feminism to be" and if she considers herself a feminist.

"I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege", the 25-year-old said. McCullough went on to explain that health care should only go to those with jobs, and one of the country's goals should be to create more jobs so more people have healthcare.

So as a woman scientist in the government, I'd like to transpose the word feminism to equalism.

McCullough went on to say that seeing women in leadership roles in science and the workplace has had a significant impact on her views of gender and career.

The beauty pageant this year includes five women who immigrated to the U.S.at a young age and now as citizens hope to represent the nation on a global stage. Verg and the women representing Florida, North Dakota, Hawaii and CT described the challenges and opportunities they faced as immigrants. "It's not just one face".

The contestants' remarks contrast with the controversy that surrounded the pageant in 2015, when then-part owner and now U.S. President Donald Trump offended Hispanics when he made anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his bid for the White House. Trump sued both networks, eventually settling and selling the pageant to talent management company WME/IMG. Furthermore, Pitbull and CMA Award victor Brett Eldredge performed. Once again, Terrence Jenkins and Julianne Hough were the show hosts and model Ashley Graham conducted backstage coverage.

"All you need is mayonnaise", she said.