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Miss USA Deshauna Barber delivers brilliant answer about women in the military

*Mic drop*

By Andrea Tim | Published: 7 Jun 2016

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Before her well-deserved win at the 2016 Miss USA pageant last Sunday, District of Columbia's Deshauna Barber won the world over during the interview segment of the competition. She's not just a beauty queen; she is also a US Army officer.

During the intimidating interview round, Deshauna was given the question: "The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women. Some have questioned whether this has put political correctness over our military's ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?"

With zero hesitation, she replied, "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 am powerful, I am dedicated, and it is important we recognise that gender does not limit us in the United States Army."

WIN.

The 26-year-old is a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. She comes from a family with a military background and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia State University. Her biography on the Miss USA pageant website also states that she is an IT Analyst for the US Department of Commerce.

Related: Miss Colombia Ariadna Gutiérrez is okay with her loss and you should be too


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