New Miss USA to be crowned in Las Vegas

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After placing in the top 15 of the Miss Minnesota pageant in 2016, Aden made it clear that she would use her newfound visibility to attempt to break down some of the stereotypes surrounding hijabi women. All 50 states and the District of Columbia are represented. The second runner-up was Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould. McCullough was asked whether she thinks that affordable health care for all USA citizens is a right or a privilege. And I see firsthand that for one to have health care, you need to have a job.

Last year, District of Columbia resident Deshauna Barber became the first-ever military member to win Miss USA.

"As a woman scientist in the government, I'd like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism", McCullough said.

McCullough's office at the Nuclear Regulatory Commission focuses on emergency preparedness.

Wellentin, 24, who wants to be a middle school teacher after she completes a student-teaching requirement, said her experiences have taught her to not take no for an answer.

Gordon, who hails from North Augusta, South Carolina, is a nursing major at Armstrong State University with a specialization in pediatric nursing.

Five of the contestants vying for the Miss USA title this year were born in other countries and now US citizens. New Jersey's Verg and the women representing Florida, North Dakota, Hawaii and CT said they have faced challenges and opportunities as immigrants.

Verg told The Associated Press days ahead of the competition that she and her parents immigrated from India to the usa with only $500 in their pockets when she was 4 years old. These days, she's signed to IMG Models (the first hijabi to ever have a contract with the agency) and has walked in high fashion shows like Yeezy Season 5, Max Mara, and Alberta Ferretti. "I don't really want to consider myself - try not to consider myself like this diehard, you know, like, 'Oh, I don't really care about men.' But one thing I'm gonna say, though, is women, we are just as equal as men when it comes to opportunity in the workplace". "It's not just one face".

Though the pageant, which is part of the Miss Universe Organization, was formerly owned by President Donald Trump, he sold the organization in 2015 to WME/IMG.

The Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants for years were co-owned by billionaire Trump.

Contestants are preparing to take the stage in the Miss USA pageant. The night also included performances by Pitbull and Brett Eldredge. With Julianne Hough and Terrence J. serving as this year's hosts, fans can look forward to plenty of unbelievable surprises! The broadcast will also include a performance from a Cirque du Soleil show based on Michael Jackson songs.

Now that her preparation toward the pageant is over, McCullough said she is looking forward to eating a Texas cheesesteak at Waffle House.