Miss District of Columbia, 26-year-old Army Reservist Deshauna Barber, was crowned Miss USA 2016 Sunday Night in Las Vegas becoming the military service member to do so.
It was clear Barber was a serious contender for the crown when she talked about her military experience during the interview portion of the pageant aired on FOX.
“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.” She continued, “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.”
According the Miss Universe website, Barber is a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Fort Meade, Maryland. Her father was also served in the military and is a retired Army master sergeant.
Barber’s full embrace of the military led to the final win out of the final three contestant. Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin was name runner up while Miss Georgia Emanii Davis was selected as second runner up.
There were 52 contestants competing for the crown.
She will reportedly take a break from the Army as she serves a Miss USA. Her platform will be focused on helping returning veteran.