Mother’s Day 2017 culminated in the crowning of a breathtakingly beautiful new Miss USA in 25 year old Kára McCullough. The 5’10 statuesque beauty was flawless during the May 14 pageant, but here are a few things you might not know about the US’s newest queen.

1. She’s No Quitter.

Prior to winning Miss District of Columbia USA 2017, McCullough was the first runner-up twice, in 2015 and 2016. She continued to compete, and was crowned with the title Miss District of Columbia before finally receiving the coveted achievement of Miss USA. 

2. She Was Born In Italy. 

Her father was a United States Marine who was stationed in Naples, Italy when she was born. Being a military kid also afforded her the opportunity to live in such places as  Sicily, South Korea, Japan, and Hawaii.

3. She’s Beauty AND Brains. 

Ms. McCullough is a graduate of South Carolina State University, and works as a Radiochemist for The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), an independent agency of the United States government tasked with protecting public health and safety related to nuclear energy. 

A RADIOCHEMIST! Google it. We’ll wait.

4. She Is NOT A Feminist…(But)….

Kára considers herself an “equalist”, meaning she believes that women should be treated and compensated as fairly as their male counterparts. 

5. She Embraces Herself…. Naturally.

In an interview with Refinery29, McCullough recalls how she made the decision to wear her naturally curly tresses, instead of bowing to the temptation to straighten her hair. 

“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.

Photo credit: IG @benjaminaskinas 

We are very excited for Kára and her upcoming reign as Miss USA, and we look forward to seeing great things from this beautiful, positive young woman. 

For the latest, follow her IG @missusa


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