It’s an age old argument and a controversial one: Are women really just as tough as men? Female army officer turned Miss USA beauty queen, Deshauna Barber, is not only absolutely beautiful. But is an amazing example of an accomplished and powerful woman – proving that we can be just as hardy as the opposite sex.
Deshauna, a 26-year-old Army Reserve officer and IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce won the coveted crown and title early June in Las Vegas. She said that as a woman serving in the United States Army, she thinks that the government did an amazing job in opening every branch of the military to women.
“We are just as tough as men and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”
One of the main reasons Deshauna decided to enter the competition was to break down stereotypes. She said that not every female soldier is the same. They can be feminine if they want to, they can be in beauty contests and they can be models.
So she isn’t merely just a beauty in boots, but inspiringly confident – and if you didn’t know – the motto of Miss USA is to be “confidently beautiful.”
She said being 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.
She added: “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 and confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I’ve become.”
She plans to use the pageant’s spotlight and her title to support veterans’ causes and tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among military members.
Deshauna, who graduated from Virginia State University in 2011, joined the military at age 17. Her parents and siblings also serve; her father was deployed overseas to Iraq after the Sept. 11 attacks. “I consider it to be a family tradition,” she said of military tradition in a pre-show interview. “It’s something that runs through our veins — patriotism and service for this country.”
She currently serves two days a month with the Army Reserves and will be representing the USA at Miss Universe 2016 later this year.
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