(Remember: Miss USA takes one victor from every state plus Washington, D.C.) The pageant victor will earn the title, an apartment in New York City and a variety of other perks during her reign, plus the opportunity to compete at Miss Universe.
In this May 11, 2017, photo, People including Miss North Dakota USA Raquel Wellentin, center right, compete during a preliminary competition for Miss USA in Las Vegas.
She was Miss District of Columbia - the third year in a row that DC has won the pageant. The first announced Top 10 finalist was Miss Minnesota Meridith Gould, a financial literacy advocate, ballet dancer and singer.
The 25-year-old McCullough was born in Italy and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Not only was it handsome to hear Deshauna talk about how glad she was that her mother saw her win her crown before she passed, but it also served as a reminder that Mother's Day can be a hard day for a lot of people, even Miss USA. She is studying to become an immigration lawyer and help families that went though the same journey as hers. I came home one day and I asked my dad 'Why am I so different?
Her job as a scientist at the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission - irrefutably badass.
The pageant included five women who immigrated to the U.S.as children. Trump sued both networks, eventually settling and selling the pageant to talent management company WME/IMG.
Julianne Hough and Terrence J. will be hosting the highly-anticipated event, and Ashley Graham will keep us all posted on the scoop that's going down backstage.
The show kicked off with a performance from a Cirque du Soleil show - a Las Vegas staple - 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.