An Army Reserve officer and IT analyst from the District of Columbia has been crowned Miss USA 2016 after mounting a strong defense of women in combat roles in the military.
She works as an IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington D.C. as well as a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. Her entire family also served in the army. See more photos of the black beauty after the cut.
Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old from the nation's capital, gave the answer during the interview section of the pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday, talk about brains and beauty. Don't stop just yet the interesting part is still below
When 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's ability to perform," 1st Lt. 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."
She continued: "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."