Miss USA runner-up Chhavi Verg will continue to "fight for equality," wrote India Abroad

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
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India Abroad

Chhavi Verg has proven yet again that perseverance and determination are the keys to success. On May 14, Verg, 20, who won the Miss New Jersey title last October, became first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant, which was won by Miss D.C., Kara McCullough.

The Edison, New Jersey, woman's father, Ravi Verg, told India Abroad he believed the decision would make his daughter stronger and more determined. Verg herself concurred.

"Since I did well the first time without any coaching or experience, going in to the adult pageant, I thought: I've got this. I'll totally do well. And when I didn't, it shocked me," she said.

On May 14, Verg had several supporters, both at the venue at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas and on social media.

On Twitter, many seemed to be rooting for Verg to take the title, especially after McCullough, a scientist, referred to healthcare as a privilege, not a right. When asked if she considers herself a feminist, McCullough said she doesn't like to use the word.

Verg, however, drew praise for her answer when she was asked if she considers herself a feminist. "Feminism is striving for equality and I do consider myself a feminist. I think it's a misconception when people believe that feminism is women being better than men. But it's really not. It's a fight for equality," she said.

At Rutgers Business School, Verg is studying marketing, is also a marketing assistant-director in the Rutgers University Programming Association, and is involved in Women BUILD, a group that helps prepare women leaders in business.

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