New Miss USA Rocks Fatigues And Formals
In a first for the Miss USA pageant, a member of the United States military has been crowned the winner.
Deshauna Barber, the contestant representing the District of Columbia, was crowned last night in Las Vegas. Miss USA isn’t her only title, though. She is also known as First Lieutenant Barber in the Army Reserve.
This 26 year old is more than just a pretty face. She is a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. When not on duty during her reserve weekends, she works full time as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Nothing wrong with beauty and brains, huh?
In a promotional video for the contest, Barber was pictured going from her Army fatigues to her pageant formal. Officials posted the caption “Attention: First Lieutenant Deshauna Barber is reporting for duty as #MissUSA 2016.”
Originally from Columbus, Georgia, Deshauna is the daughter of a retired Army Master Sergeant. It would seem that, in addition to some really great genetics, he passed on a bit of patriotism, as well.
When questioned during the interview portion of the contest about females in the military, Barber’s response was as decisive as one would expect of a woman her ilk. “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.”
Barber will now go to represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant later in the year. While she may be the 65th woman to do so, she can carry with her the pride of being the first American servicewoman to compete for that title.
Given her status as a military member, you can bet that Barber is pretty tough. With her new found success on the Miss USA stage, maybe we should change the punctuation just a little for a more apt description. Deshauna Barber is “pretty, tough.”
© 2016 Vianna Vaughan