This the second year in a row that Miss USA hails from D.C, and McCullough's resume is quite impressive - working as a nuclear scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
From the looks of social media, it seemed as though McCullough was everyone's front-runner, until it came to her response during the question/answer portion of the competition.
McCullough was asked whether or not affordable health care is a privilege, to which she responded, "I'm definitely going to say it's a privilege. As a government employee, I am granted health-care. And I see firsthand that for one to have health-care, you need to have jobs. So therefore, we need to continue to cultivate this environment that we're given the opportunities to have health-care as well as jobs to all the American citizens worldwide.”
In the second portion of the question/answer round, the competitors were asked about their definition of feminism, to which McCullough said, "So as a woman scientist in the government, I'd like to lately transpose the word feminism to equalism...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.”
Twitter quickly piled on MuCullough after she gave her answers, calling her our for her response.
Even though her win was met with mostly uneasy feelings, there was a portion of social media that was glad to see her win after standing up for what she believes, regardless of whether or not her answer was the popular one.
If more women thought like #missdc instead of the majority of people tweeting about her, we wouldn't need feminism. #missusa