Whether you watched the pageant or not, you probably have heard a thing or two about Deshauna Barber — or Miss District of Columbia — and her recent Miss USA win.
As the Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade in Maryland, she works to develop military resources to help strengthen our country's soldiers, while simultaneously shattering stereotypes and empowering everyone to be themselves. Not only did being crowned Miss USA leave her with a new title, but also another legacy: as the first-ever army officer to win the pageant.
Read on to see four of the many reasons why Barber is an excellent spokesperson and role model for our country:
1. She empowers us to find confidence and beauty in ourselves
"'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... Confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I've become."
2. She has worked to break stereotypes
"I like to think of myself as being able to break the mold for pageant girls around the world and for military soldiers all around the world… There's stereotypes on both sides that I think I'm breaking by being here."
3. She wants to give necessary resources and help to returning soldiers
"We're taught to be strong, we're taught to be tough, but we're human."
4. She stands for equality
"As a woman in the United States Army, I think it is an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military. 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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