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

Deshauna Barber, Miss District of Columbia USA, won Miss USA with her answer about women in the military.

This year's Miss USA crown went to Miss District of Columbia (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab) 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.

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:

She answered:

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

She should have just taken the crown right then and there. 

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Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.