Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia, won the Miss USA crown on Sunday night.
During the annual beauty pageant, which was held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Barber beat out 51 other women for the title. She will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest later this year.
As a woman in the United States Army, I think … we are just as tough as men. Gender does not limit us”
Barber works as an IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce and is a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland, according to her Miss USA profile.
DESHAUNA BARBER – AGE: 26 HOMETOWN: Northeast DC HEIGHT: 5’ 10”
Deshauna is 26 years old and was born in Columbus, Georgia. 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. After graduating with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia State University, Deshauna moved to Washington D.C. where she is currently working as an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Being the daughter of a retired Army Master Sergeant it is no shocker that Deshauna decided to join the Army. She commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in 2011 and is currently a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. Deshauna loves to dance, hike and enjoy quality time with her family. Deshauna has a passion to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, specifically focusing her platform on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention in the Armed Forces.
As a woman in the United States Army, I think … we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated,” Barber said when asked about women in combat. “Gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”
Miss Georgia Emanii Davis was the 1st runner-up at the pageant. Second place went to Miss Hawaii Chelsea Hardin.
A total of 52 women participated in the pageant this year. In addition to representatives from each state and D.C., 26-year-old Oklahoma native Alexander Miller served as “Miss 52 USA” after she was voted in by fans.
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