Meet Miss USA: Deshauna Barber Is First Military Service Member to Take Crown

Say hello to your new Miss USA, Miss District of Columbia!

Deshauna Barber was presented her crown by the 2015 winner, Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma. The annual pageant was held Sunday in Las Vegas and saw 52 contestants vying for the crown.

The 26-year-old Army Reserve officer spoke of her service on Sunday, giving a powerful answer during the competition’s interview portion.

“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 said.

“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.”

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