Miss D.C. is now Miss USA 2016. For the first time in 14 years the District of Columbia took home the crown.
Miss D.C, 26-year-old, is an Army officer and an IT analyst for the US Department of Commerce. Considering the stereotypical view that those who join the pageant cannot be interested in fields unrelated to beauty and fashion, many raised their eyebrows on this phenomenal win. After all, Deshauna Barber just proved them all wrong.
Miss Barber bested Miss Georgia Emanii Davis and Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin, who was the runner up. After the win, Miss USA posted on their Twitter account that “The Queen belongs in the White House.”
Barber came from a family of military people. When she graduated from Virginia State University in 2011, she immediately joined the military. She was just 17 then.
Her parents and siblings also serve. Her father was one of the deployed military officers to Iraq after the 9/11 attacks. In an earlier interview, Barber shared that serving the country is their family’s passion and tradition. ““It’s something that runs through our veins, patriotism, and service for this country.”
A rundown of her Miss bio will reveal that she is currently employed as a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Fort Meade, M.d. This is probably why the question threw at her during the Q&A portion failed to rile her, as reported by The Washington Post.
“The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women,” judge and stylist Joe Zee said. “Now, some have questioned whether this has put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?” Joe Zee asked.
Barber was unfazed. She answered that she thinks women being part of combat is empowering because it is a recognition of women’s true capacities. “As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate to every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men,” she said, which triggered cheers from the crowd.
“As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army,” she added.
— MISS USA (@MissUSA) June 6, 2016
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