Army Reserve Officer Deshauna Barber Slays #MissUSA2016

LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 05:  Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 Deshauna Barber poses for photos at a news conference after being crowned Miss USA at the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
during the 2016 Miss USA pageant at T-Mobile Arena on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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There is no denying that last night’s Miss USA pageant struck a nerve in our hearts and more importantly a nerve in the stereotypical voting process of the prestigious Miss USA annual pageant. This year, a very unique contestant took the crown, an Army Reserve officer Deshauna Barber. The 26-year-old DC native won over the audience and the judges in an inspirational and thoughtful answer about women in combat, resulting in her becoming the first military member to be crowned Miss USA.

“As a woman in the United States Army, I think … we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated,”  Barber said. “Gender does not limit us in the United States.”

538380308Barber said she plans to use the pageant’s spotlight and her title to support veteran’s causes and tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members.

Not only is this accomplishment a great deal for Deshauna, this is also a global win for women of color of all ages and an important moment in history for little black girls to see–someone like them winning Miss USA for her poise, class and intelligence rather than her beauty alone.

Barber will be representing the USA in the 2016 Miss Universe pageant. #BlackGirlMagic

This years’ hosts of the pageant were 106 & Park vet Terrence J and Julianne Hough.

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