Five of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title have a message to immigrant girls and women watching the pageant this weekend: Set goals, work hard and don't stay in the shadows.
A 25-year-old scientist from the District of Columbia who works for the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission was crowned Miss USA Sunday - and she did it after making some controversial comments about political issues during the competition.
The finalists for the Miss USA contest in Las Vegas include women representing Minnesota, Illinois, South Carolina, the District of Columbia and New Jersey.
This is the second time back-to-back Miss Washington, D.C. became Miss USA.
When asked if she considers herself a feminist, McCullough said she doesn't like to use the word.
This was the second year in a row that the representative of the nation's capital won the Miss USA title.
McCullough was born in Naples, Italy, but she was raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
As part of her prize, McCullough will move into a luxury NYC apartment, have access to a her own fully paid wardrobe and go on to represent U.S. at the annual Miss Universe contest. She hosts an outreach program that helps children learn about science and hopes to inspire women who are interested in technology, engineering and mathematics fields.
De Los Santos, Miss North Dakota Raquel Wellentin, Miss Hawaii Julie Kuo, Miss Connecticut Olga Litvinenko and Miss New Jersey Chhavi Verg spoke to The Associated Press about the opportunities and challenges they've faced as immigrants. She tells the outlet, "I go to the schools to do science projects, tutoring, and presentations ..." Here you see me donned in my radiation protection wear during one of my inspections. They still don't have that right to their independence, that right to their equality all because of education, and once we do take that step, I believe that an equal world will be a better world. Her first winter she did not have a winter coat and the family struggled to adjust. Following legal action Trump sold his stake in the pageants to a talent management group.
They modeled their final look of the night during a performance of Pitbull's "Options" featuring Stephen Marley. Julianne Hough, Ashley Graham and Terrence J are hosting the show. The contestants took the stage as Jackson's "Black or White" played and acrobats performed.
"All you need is mayonnaise", she said.