This would be the first time in 14 years (and only third time in history), Miss District of Columbia took home the crown at the Miss USA pageant.


“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. 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.”

These are the words of Miss D.C. and the new Miss America- Deshauna Barber, when asked her opinion about woman in combat. Without hesitation or stumble, Barber, seemingly effortlessly, secured her victory with probably the strongest answer of the evening.

The 26-year-old Army officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, captured the prestigious title over Miss Georgia- Emanii Davis and Miss Hawaii-Chelsea Hardin, who became the 1st runner up.

Graduated from Virginia State University in 2011, and joining the military at the young age 17, Barber calls becoming a part of the US army a “family tradition”, as her parents and siblings also serve.

“It’s something that runs through our veins — patriotism and service for this country”, she said.

Congratulations to our new brown-skinned Miss USA!

Strong is certainly the new sexy!

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