Well there you have it! We have a brand new Miss USA in Deshauna Barber and we couldn’t have asked for a more gorgeous and accomplished woman to win the coveted title. Now that we know who will be reigning for the next year and competing for 2016 Miss Universe, let’s get to know more about her.
A big congratulations are in store for Deshauna Barber, 26, who will now reign supreme as Miss USA. The stunner from the District of Columbia had plenty of gorgeous challengers, but ultimately came out on top to catch the crown and the honor that goes with it. While we know she’s a total knockout, there’s a strong and powerful military woman behind her beauty so here are five things to know about Deshauna.
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1. Deshauna grew up in a military family.
Due to her father’s military career, she relocated multiple times to states including North Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia and finally to Washington, D.C. Her dad deployed to Iraq following the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and she followed her pops into the Army at age 17. She has siblings serving in the military as well.
2. Deshauna is an active military commander.
She commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in 2011 and is currently a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, MD, while working full-time as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Yep, Miss USA really truly represents our nation at the highest level as a military commander!
3. Deshauna continued to help military families even during Miss USA pageant week.
She worked with the USO and took part in the “Operation That’s My Dress,” where she paired military teens and their moms to help them find the prom or cocktail dress of their dreams. The girls then got to take part in an uplifting fashion show. She loved being part of it because it showcased the challenges military teens experience because of frequent moves and deployments of their parents, something Deshauna went through as a teen.
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4. Deshauna is passionate about her work in the military.
Deshauna has focused her platform on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention in the Armed Forces. She proudly mentioned her military status numerous times throughout the competition, nailing a question about women in combat during the interview portion, as well as what makes a woman confidently beautiful.
5. Deshauna loves to live an active lifestyle.
In what little free time she has away from her work and military duties, she loves to dance, hike and enjoy quality time with her family.
HollywoodLifers, what do you think of our beautiful and inspirational new Miss USA?