Meet the New Miss USA 2016: Deshauna Barber

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In history, for the third time (first time in past 14 years) on Sunday, Miss USA pageant was taken home by Miss District of Columbia. The 26-year-old IT analyst for the US department commerce and Army officer, Deshauna Barber won first place over Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin and Miss Georgia Emanii Davis.

Miss USA 2016

In 2011, Barber graduated from the Virginia State University and joined the military when she was 17-years-old.

Announcers during the pageant called her “the most disciplined contestant this year.” Her background played an essential part of her success.

During the Q/A  part of the evening, her answers were applauded with great joy. Her acknowledgment over women in combat was appreciated.

“The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women,” Joe Zee, who is a stylist and judge asked, “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?”

She confidently answered:  “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 added : “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.”