Miss District of Columbia wins 2017 Miss USA

Newly crowned Miss USA Kara McCullough raised the ire of the Internet with her answer to a question about health care during Sunday night's pageant. Chhavi, who is the second Indian-American to win Miss New Jersey crown, was announced the first runner-up to Miss USA. The Edison, NJ, resident competed against 50 other women in the pageant, which was earlier owned by Donald Trump.

During the Q&A round, Kara was asked, "Do you think affordable healthcare for all the usa citizens is a right or a privilege and why?" and her answer disappointed several of her fans.

She was thrown another hardball when asked whether health care was a privilege or a right. "I hope and pray moving forward that health care is a right for all worldwide".

McCollough also set fingers a-Tweeting when she said she did not consider herself a feminist.

"And I say firsthand: I have witnessed the impact that women have in leadership in the medical sciences, as well as just in the office environment", she added. "I try not to consider myself...oh I don't really care about men".

"I'm extremely thankful for this opportunity", she said after the event. "I look at this as a great opportunity to. get to experience worldwide culture, as well as just having the opportunity to be impacted by so many children, hopefully in the math and sciences". She reportedly garnered the most screen time during the contest, which often is said to be an indicator of who will be chosen as the eventual victor.

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The top five finalists where asked different questions that touched on the pros and cons of social media, women's rights and issues affecting teenagers.

However Twitter wasn't happy and many were quick to criticise her answers.

Several applauded Miss New Jersey for her answer on feminism.

The 25-year-old works at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. For another, women and men are equal in all regards, inside of and outside of the workplace.

The 2016 Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, also represented the US capital, formally known as the District of Columbia.

"I thought, I don't want to make anybody feel pity for me, but this is my platform".

  • Michelle Webb