It’s official, girls really can do it all!
ICYMI, the Miss USA 2016 Pageant took place last night and crowned Miss Washington, District of Columbia, aka the first military contestant to win in the pageant’s history. Deshauna Barber was on a mission to break the stereotypes for not only the pageant world, but in the military as well.
The 26-year-old isn’t your average pageant girl, serving the U.S. Army as a logistics commander as well as an IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Her parents and siblings also serve in the military, making it a “family tradition,” as she stated in a pre-show interview last night.
Attention: First Lieutenant Deshauna Barber is reporting for duty as #MissUSA 2016. A video posted by Deshauna Barber (@missusa) on
Miss. District of Columbia made it through the first two rounds seamlessly, showing true confidence in the swimsuit and evening gown event. Anddd when the question round approached, it was almost fate that the judges asked for her opinion on the Pentagon opening up combat positions to women. She answered it without hesitation, speaking to her beliefs that “gender does not limit us in the U.S. army.”
After her accomplishment last night, Deshauna announced that she would be taking a break from her work in the Army Reserve to fulfill her duties as Miss USA, which includes preparing for the Miss Universe competition later this year. She plans to use this opportunity to support veterans and to break the stigma surrounding PTSD and suicide among members of the military.
Life is but a dream: A message from #MissUSA 2016, Deshauna Barber! A video posted by Deshauna Barber (@missusa) on
Miss USA is going to be an amazing idol for girls everywhere to look up to, proving that stereotypes are meant to be challenged. #GirlPower