Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, won first place in this years pageant and the internet has quickly noticed she’s black but there’s soo much more to her!
Although she is in fact the ninth Black woman to win miss USA, Deshauna Barber is also the first-ever military member to win in the pageant’s 64-year history.
“I consider it to be a family tradition,” she said in a pre-show interview of military service. “It’s something that runs through our veins — patriotism and service for this country.”
After attending and graduating from Virginia State University in 2011, Barber then joined the military at 17. Barber has been quoted that her passion for serving her country is not just a character trait but a family tradition instilled in her at a young age; her parents and siblings also serve in the United States military.
“We are just as tough as men.”
Most believe it was during the pageant’s questing segment, that Barber became the obvious choice to win Miss USA when she was asked a question about women soldiers and replied “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.”
Barber hopes that her new title as Miss USA will bring more attention to causes like preventing suicide in the Armed Forces and improving post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) treatment for returning soldiers.
She’ll represent the USA in this year’s Miss Universe, I wish her all the luck.