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Meet the New Miss USA Deshauna Barber

Last night, at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, the Miss USA pageant, which was hosted by Terrence J and Julianne Hough, was broadcast live and Miss District of Columbia Deshauna Barber, was crowned!

Barber, 26, is a logistics commander for the U.S. Army and an IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce who plans to use her platform to get PTSD treatment for soldiers who are returning from deployments. She is also a graduate of the HBCU, Virginia State University.

Throughout the pageant, Barber proved she possessed both the beauty and brains to take home the crown.

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When asked to describe her definition of “confidently beautiful,” she said, “To me, confidently beautiful means understanding that it’s not always about your appearance. It’s not always about who you’re around and how they feel you look, where they feel you come from or your economic background. Serving in the military has taught me that being confidently beautiful is about being able to earn respect from people regardless of what you look like. As a woman in the military, people associate beauty with weakness and they learn very quickly that I’m extremely strong. And although I’m small, I’m powerful and confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I’ve become. Thank you.”

Barber was also asked her thoughts about the Pentagon’s recent decision to open up all combat jobs to women.

She expressed her opinion, saying, “As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”

Barber’s coronation wasn’t the only show of diversity last night. The finalists joining her at the end of the show included Miss Georgia (Emanii Davis), who is Black, and came in as the second runner-up, and Miss Hawaii (Chelsea Hardin), who is Polynesian, and came in as the first runner-up.

 

 

Photo Credit: EOnline.com

Brittney Fennell

Brittney Fennell

Brittney is the Associate Editor of Jawbreaker and a writer who has goals to disrupt culture in ways unseen.