Kára McCullough, a chemist working for the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission, was today crowned Miss USA during the annual Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas.
Competing against 50 other women, the Italian native wowed the judges with her beauty, talent and intelligence.
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 the USA at the annual Miss Universe contest.
Last year, District of Columbia resident Deshauna Barber became the first-ever military member to win Miss USA, and today she handed over her crown to her successor.
The runner-up was Miss New Jersey, Chhavi Verg, and second runner-up was Miss Minnesota, Meridith Gould.