The pageant included a field of five new immigrants who spoke on air about the importance of diversity -- as if to refute US President Donald Trump's less than welcoming stand toward some immigrants and refugees.
Indeed, the runner up was Chhavi Verg, Miss New Jersey, who was born in India and speaks Hindi and Spanish.
The 2016 Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, also represented the US capital, formally known as the District of Columbia.
The pageant decides who will be the US representative in the Miss Universe contest.
The Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants for years were co-owned by billionaire Trump.
However in June 2015 the NBC network severed its ties with the now president after his offensive comments on Mexican immigrants. Following legal action Trump sold his stake in the pageants to a talent management group.
25-year-old Kara McCullough is a chemist with the Nuclear Regulatory Commission || ||The runner up, Chhavi Verg, was born in India and speaks Hindi and Spanish