First Lieutenant Crowned Miss USA 2016

 

On this past Sunday, Deshauna Barber, 26-year-old Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, took home the her crown as Miss District of Columbia USA 2016 over Miss Georgia Emanii Davis and Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin. Only being the third time in history for Miss District of Columbia to win in the past 14 years, Barber was called “the most disciplined contestant” of the year. She currently serves as logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit in Fort Meade, Maryland. With such a distinct background in the military, her experience and passion to serve her country presented a different outlook upon the women in the United States Army and those who compete for Miss USA. Barber states:

“I’m being able to say that no one pageant girl does the same thing or has the same background, and I’m also saying that no one soldier has the same background and does the same thing,” Barber said. “We can be feminine, we can be in beauty contests, we can be models. So there’s stereotypes on both sides that I feel like I’m breaking by even being here and being able to compete for Miss USA.”