Miss USA, Deshauna Barber, Proves Army Strength Is Pageant Beautiful

Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, made history on Sunday, June 6, as the first military service member to be crowned Miss USA. Not only did she break records as the only military member in 64 years (yes, Miss USA was founded in 1952) to win the iconic title that is all too often generalized by appearances, but Barber is also making headlines for her feminist -- or, as we'd like to think, common sense -- views on gender equality. And this 26-year-old pretty much deserves the crown for just that. She’s breaking the "pageant girl" stereotype and inspiring women and girls to think boldly and be themselves.

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The Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the US Department of Commerce made her opinions known when asked the question of what she thought about the Pentagon's decision to make combat jobs available to women.  

"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 answered.

"We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army."

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Preach! Not only does she make a point about females in the military, but her statement can also be taken as a call to arms for women and girls alike.

Simply put, no one should be discriminated against in any way because of his or her gender. Unfortunately, that's the society that we live in, and these notions are what need to change.

And the outspoken contestant doesn't just have forward-thinking views when it concerns her life's work. She has some powerful thoughts for women and today's standards of beauty.

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During the Q&A portion of the pageant in which the remaining contestants were asked what it means to be confidently beautiful, Barber continued to motivate women with her words.

The service member eloquently explained that beauty comes from within and that being strong is beautiful:

To me confidently beautiful means understanding that it's not always about your appearance. It's not always about who you're around and how they feel you look, where they feel you come from or your economic background. Serving in the military has taught me that being confidently beautiful is about being able to earn respect from people regardless of what you look like. As a woman in the military, people associate beauty with weakness and they learn very quickly that I'm extremely strong. And although I'm small, I'm powerful, and confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I've become. Thank you.

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Not only does she talk the talk, but she also puts words into action. Before slipping into her Miss USA gown, Barber broke out her military uniform, which was posted on the Miss USA Twitter feed. 

Barber is an example of a strong young woman who is both beautiful and intelligent. She also doesn't back down when it comes her beliefs, inspiring others to be just as fierce.

While having a more uncommon occupation than most contestants, she shined throughout the competition and is definitely a role model for women everywhere. 

Congrats on the win, and good luck with Miss Universe!


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