Kara McCollough’s reign as Miss USA off to a rocky start

LAS VEGAS, NV – MAY 14: Miss District of Columbia USA 2017 Kara McCullough reacts after being crowned Miss USA 2017 during the 2017 Miss USA pageant at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on May 14, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

The reign of the newly crowned Miss USA is off to a rocky start.

Even before Kara McCollough, Miss District of Columbia, was announced the winner, social media was in a frenzy over her responses during the Q&A segment of the broadcast.

McCullough, a 25-year-old physical scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was asked if affordable health care for all US citizens is a right or a privilege.

“I’m definitely going to say it’s a privilege,” she said. “As a government employee, I am granted health care and I see first-hand that for one to have health care, you have to have jobs.”

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

McCollough, a woman of color, said she was worried about how audiences would view her natural, curly hair in a sea of straight and teased pageant locks.

“When I chose to wear my hair curly I was afraid. I didn’t know how people were going to accept it. If anyone was going to be receptive to it at all, but I felt like a Grecian goddess on stage!” she told Refinery 29.

But it was her viewpoints that ended up as the topic of debate rather than her hairstyle:

McCollough is a 2013 graduate of South Carolina State University, a historically Black college in Orangeburg, S.C..

She follows the reign of Deshauna Barber, the former Miss USA who also hailed from D.C.

The organization, once owned by President Trump, was sold in 2015 to Talent agency and entertainment company WME/IMG.

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There were 7 women of color in the final 10.  If the judges wanted someone who stuck to the left wing party line, they could have done that. Instead, they chose a brilliant young woman who doesnt happen to have been brain washed.  She will do a great job.


And her "rocky start" as the AJC calls it is just more lies and fake news to stir the pot. 


John Lewis, you should congratulate her .  She is a brilliant beautiful scientist and graduate of a historical Black college in the South. What an example of inclusiveness, achievement, diversity and the true meaning of  "beloved community"