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Miss USA
Kára McCullough,
Miss USA 2017


This year, 52 contestants gathered from around the nation to participate in the 2017 Miss USA pageant when reigning Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, crowned her successor at the 66th annual event.

Sunday, May 14, 2017 was the date set for the pageant which was televised on FOX beginning at 7PM ET.

The winner? It was Kára McCullough, Miss District Of Columbia, who became the second beauty from DC in a row to nab the honor.

Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg was named the runner-up and Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould the second runner-up.

 

How She's Chosen .

Contestants are required to be at least 18 and not yet 27 years old. Each contestant from all 50 states and the District of Columbia are judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.


Miss USA
Halle Berry (Miss
Ohio) competed in the
1986 Miss USA pageant.


Miss USA Fun Facts

• The Miss USA pageant was conceived in 1950 when Yolande Betbeze, winner of the rival Miss America pageant, refused to pose for publicity pictures while wearing a swimsuit. Pageant sponsor Catalina decided to pull their sponsorship, and create their own competition.

• Today, Miss Universe is the ultimate win for contestants who have competed in beauty pageants for most of their young lives. To compete at Miss Universe, contestants must win their respective national pageants. To compete at Miss USA or Miss Teen USA, contestants must win their respective state pageants. Miss USA goes on to represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant.

• The first Asian American woman to win Miss USA was Macel Wilson in 1962; the first Hispanic was Laura Martinez-Herring in 1985; the first African-American was Carole Gist in 1990; and the first Miss USA of Middle-Eastern descent was Rima Fakih in 2010.

• The actress Halle Berry was introduced to the world as Miss Ohio, first runner-up in the Miss USA contest in 1986 (Miss Texas, Christy Fichtner, was crowned that year). However, Berry's movie career was launched by the publicity she received as a Miss USA contestant.


Miss USA Controversies

Tara Elizabeth Conner was the Kentucky beauty who captured the Miss USA title in 2006. Months later, however, she was under threat of losing her crown due to "inappropriate behavior" amid reports she had visited New York City bars when she was not yet 21.

Days of speculation about her fate ended in a much-publicized Donald Trump press conference on December 19, 2006 when the Miss USA franchise announced that Conner would be allowed a second chance to keep her crown.

Soon after, Miss Nevada Katie Rees faced no second chance at keeping her crown, after she was officially dethroned in January 2007 for compromising photos in various states of undress which instantly went viral around the Web.

Even more unwelcome notoriety came in 2007 when Rachel Smith, the reigning Miss USA, tripped and fell during the evening gown competition at the 2007 Miss Universe pageant. Poised and confident throughout her ordeal, Smith eventually was awarded 4th runner-up.

Miss USA 2009 was also not without controversy following a response from Miss California, Carrie Prejean, to a question on gay marriage. Fumbling for words, the beauty queen stated that she was in favor of the "opposite" of same sex unions, resulting in a mixed audience response of cheers and catcalls. Prejean, runner-up to Miss North Carolina who won the title, later admitted that the response may have cost her the Miss USA crown.


also see -> Miss America | Miss World


More about Miss USA around the Web:

Miss USA Beauty Pageant Official Site - The place to be for everything you always wanted to know, featuring behind-the-scenes at the Miss USA Pageant, related trivia, history, info on past shows, a past-winners' photo gallery and media contact and registration info.

Miss USA - Brief history, a list of winners dating back to 1952 and related pictures, links to current pageant contestants & bios, a comprehensive schedule of events leading up to the pageant, interesting trivia, links to further information from Wikipedia.

Pageantry Magazine Online - Good coverage of general pageant information and interviews with a few of the past Miss USA winners - plus facts & information for hair, make up, fitness and modeling tips for aspiring beauty queens.

 

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