The New Miss USA Won the Crown with This Kickass Answer About Women in Combat

Nobody could compete with that.

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This year's Miss USA crown went to Miss District of Columbia, a decision that seemed like a no-brainer. That's because the winner is a badass Army captain who can also rock an evening gown and stand up for fellow women in uniform.

Deshauna Barber is a Logistics Commander of the 988th Quartermaster Detachment at Fort Meade in Maryland. Both her parents and both of her siblings have also served in the military. She often takes the time to represent her fellow service members, both in the pageant world and online, and has a best friend deployed in Afghanistan right now.

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So it wasn't a surprise that she was asked about women in the military, and it also wasn't a surprise that she slayed her response. Here was 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?"

She answered:

"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 to recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army."

Later on, she gave a speech on what it means to be "Confidently Beautiful:"

"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 though I'm small, I'm powerful. Confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I've become."

She should have just taken the crown right then and there. Watch the full interview clip below:

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