Deshauna Barber is Our Miss USA 2016!

The Miss USA pageant is always fun to watch, as there are so many talented, beautiful women, all competing for the right to wear one crown. This year's competition was especially fierce, but it ultimately came down to two: Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, and Miss Hawaii, Chelsea Hardin. They were both asked difficult interview questions, and stunned all with their answers. It couldn't have been a closer call, but Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, is now reporting for duty as our new Miss USA 2016!

Yup, that's right: she is reporting for duty because she is an Army Reserve officer, and showed just how much the army means to her in her response to her interview question. The 26-year-old from the nation's capital was 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 ability to perform." The 1st Lt. responded in style, saying, "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." 

Deshauna is the daughter of a retired Army master sergeant, so the army is in her family. Her profile on the pageant website also mentions that she was commissioned as a quartermaster officer in 2011 and serves as a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. Deshauna is not only a Army Reserve officer, though. She's also currently an IT Analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, so she's a very talented gal!

Deshauna has a passion to serve the men and women in the U.S. military, so that's what her platform will be focused on as Miss USA. She'll be specifically focusing on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployments and suicide prevention in the Armed Forces.

Love that gorgeous golden dress that Deshauna wore when she was crowned Miss USA 2016? It's a look that you can get for prom, a pageant, or your next formal event, too. We love Envious Couture by Karishma 16128 to copy Deshauna's gorgeous look.

Envious Couture by Karishma 16128

Karishma 16128 is an alluring sheer sleeved gown that features beautiful beaded sheer long sleeves and cut outs that give this dress just the right amount of sexy. The dress also has a sheer back.

Congrats, Deshauna! We cannot wait to see how you pursue your platform over the coming year!

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