Deshauna Barber, an Army Reserve officer and IT analyst from the District of Columbia has been crowned Miss USA 2016 after mounting a strong defense of women in combat roles in the military.
The 26-year old made history as the first-ever American soldier to win the coveted crown. When 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.”
Watch her crowning moment below!
Watch the full pageant below…
Written by Olufunke Edidi
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