Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, is an Army Captain and commander of a Reserve unit in Fort Meade, Maryland. When she got to the final question at the Miss USA pageant, she was asked her opinion about women in combat, and she absolutely nailed the question.
“The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women. Some have questioned whether this has put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?”
Barber answered the way you’d expect a warrior to respond, and awed the judges so much, she wound up winning the Miss USA title.
“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it was 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…”
Her response sent social media into a frenzy, with many agreeing that her response just earned her the Miss USA title:
#MissUSA District of Columbia just won with that answer.
— Absofcourse (@Absofcourseee) June 6, 2016
— ♛ ₳ L E X♀S ♛ (@AlexisLovesMe) June 6, 2016
District of Columbia is such an amazing representative of what a badass chick looks like in the US. YASSSS #MissUSA
— Lauren Alvarez (@champagnelali) June 6, 2016
— Charis Stone (@ReesebytheSea) June 6, 2016
— HollywoodLife (@HollywoodLife) June 6, 2016
That crown is well deserved! Deshauna comes from a long line of family members to serve in the military, to include her mother, father, brother, and sister. Here’s her winning moment as she is crowed Miss USA for 2016:
Congrats to Deshauna Barber, the newly crowned Miss USA!