The USA has welcomed its new queen. Deshauna Barber, an Army Reserve officer and IT analyst from the District of Columbia, won to be called Miss USA 2016 after hew brave defense of women in combat roles in the military.
Judge Joe Zee asked: “The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women. Now some have questioned if this has put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?”
Deshauna Barber demonstrated hew inner strength by saying: “As a woman in the United States Army, I think it is 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 am powerful, I am dedicated and it’s important to recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”
The competitors didn’t perform as well during the interview. Miss California Nadia Mejia was clearly embarrassed the necessity to express her attitude to economic inequality and vainly tried to pull her thoughts together. Miss Hawaii tactfully passed over the question about the upcoming president selection, which helped her come in as runner up.
Barber broke into tears as she heard her name announced as the winner. Even hosts Terrence J and Julianne Hough had to try hard to hold back their excitement.
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Deshauna Barber is a daughter of retired Army master sergeant. She serves as a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland and works full-time as an IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
As a new Miss USA, Barber strives to draw public attention to the health issues, such as post-traumatic stress disorder, veterans face when they return from combat. She will represent the USA in the Miss Universe pageant.
When asked what real beauty means to her, Barber said: “To me confidently beautiful means understanding its not always about your appearance. It’s not always about who you are 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 though I’m small, I’m powerful. Confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I’ve become.”