Miss USA Deshauna Barber is the first U.S. solider ever to win the pageant. The U.S. Army reserve officer spoke about the victory on ‘GMA,’ marking her first live television interview since winning the crown and opened up about having been bullied as a teen.
Yes, history was made. Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber is the winner of the Miss USA 2016 pageant. It’s a first for an active duty officer to be so honored.
In her live interview with ‘Good Morning America’ co-anchor Robin Roberts, the 26-yaer-old soldier reflected upon her victory, saying, ““It was so emotional. It’s still very surreal to me right now to be on ‘Good Morning America’ and have the sash and crown on.”
Continuing her reflection, she added, “In that moment, I mean, I was next to one of the most beautiful women I have ever seen, Chelsea, Miss Hawaii USA, and I just felt very flattered that they decided that I was the candidate, I was the person they thought would be the best representation of the Miss Universe organization as Miss USA.” She went on to speak of the congratulations and well wishes from family members — father is also in the military as are some of her siblings — as well as from fellow military personnel both stateside and in Afghanistan.
Asked about breaking barriers, she said, “You do have your pageant stereotypes as being an airhead, uneducated. Not having a career and then on the military side you have women stereotyped as being unattractive, being very masculine and I feel like both sides of the spectrum I’m breaking the stereotype.”
Not only that but she was a standout in her interview question — as you can see below in the video, as it was replayed during her live interview. Typically beauty queens find the video going viral when they give an answer that’s bizarre, incoherent, or comical — or some combination of these.
Barber nailed the question about women serving in combat missions in the military giving a poised and clearly heartfelt replay, 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. We are just as tough as men.”
Continuing, she spoke from her personal experience, adding, “As a commander of my unit I am powerful, I am dedicated, and it is important to recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.
According to her official biography she is is Logistics Commander of the 988th Quartermaster Detachment at Fort Meade in Maryland. Additionally, she works for the Department of Commerce as an information technology analyst and she graduated from the University of Virginia.
Now she adds the pageant title to her list of accomplishments, but, as she revealed in the interview, she has had struggles in the past, and she opened up about having been bullied as a teenager in high school.
She said, “I say don’t let the frame fool you.” She went on to say, “I always had a small frame and been very slim even through high school and middle school and there are a lot of names that were called. I was kind of a late bloomer so never let me forget that going through school.”
She added, “It’s good for somebody who is being bullied and being told certain things about themselves that maybe one day they too can wear the crown and be Miss USA.”
You can see the full interview below, as the newly crowned Miss USA Deshauna Barber and U.S. Army officer reflects upon making history.
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