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Fayetteville Native wins Miss USA 2016

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Deshauna Barber of District of Columbia was crowned Miss USA 2016. 

Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016


"I guess I like to think of myself as being able to break the mold for pageant girls all around the world and for military soldiers all around the world. I'm being able to say that no one pageant girl does the same thing or has the same background. That we can be feminine,we can be in beauty contests, we can be models. So there's stereotyoes on both sides that I feel like I'm breaking by even being here and being able to compete for Miss USA" Barber, said.

Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber


After 14 years, D.C took home the crown. 26-year-old IT analyst and Army Commander for Logistics, Deshauna Barber, bested 51 other contestants on Sunday night. She graduated from Virginia State University, she joined the military when she was 17. The Barber family, both parents and children served in the military too.

She was asked by  Joe Zee, “The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women, now, some have questioned whether this has put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?” Where 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. We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States."

While she is fighting for the crown, her mom is also battling with a lung cancer for the past 2 years but it didn't stop her mum to cheer for her. Now, she will go on to compete for the Miss Universe 2016 pageant later this year.

An emotional Barber being crowned by Miss USA 2015, Olivia Jordan


States of Hawaii and Georgia were the 1st and 2nd runners-up, respectively. Completing the top 5 were; Miss California and Miss Alabama. 

The rest of the Top 10 were Miss Arkansas Abby Floyd, Miss Connecticut Tiffany Teixeira, Miss Missouri Sydnee Stottlemyre, Miss South Dakota Madison McKeown, Miss Virginia Desi Williams.

Miss Arizona Chelsea Myers, Miss Ohio Megan Wise, Miss Oklahoma Taylor Gorton, Miss South Carolina Leah Lawson and Miss West Virginia Nichole Greene completed the Top 15.

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