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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.