Miss USA 2016 is not your regular girl. She is an Army Reserve officer and IT analyst from the District of Columbia and beat all odds to snatch the envious crown after mounting a strong defense of women in combat roles in the military.
Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old answered intelligently to take 1 position when she was asked by Judge Joe Zee whether the Pentagon's decision to open up all combat roles to women had "put political correctness over our military's ability to perform," 1st Lt. Barber responded:
"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."
She continued: "We are just as tough as men. 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."
Serving in the military was embedded in Miss USA 2016 as most of her family members served as well. The daughter of a retired Army master sergeant, Barber was commissioned as a quartermaster officer in 2011 and serves as a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland, according to her bio on the pageant's website.
Barber says she will be using her title to support veteran causes and hopes to tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members. She also sent out a message to former owner of the Miss USA pageant and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump to focus more on veteran's issues instead of discussing unimportant topics.