Army Officer From DC Wins Miss USA Pageant

The newly crowned Miss USA is a 26-year-old Army officer from a District of Columbia who gave maybe a strongest answer of a night when asked about women in combat.

“As a lady in a United States Army, we consider … we are only as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, we am dedicated,” Deshauna Barber said. “Gender does not extent us in a United States.”

As a leader of Sunday’s 2016 Miss USA foe hold during a T-Mobile Arena off a Las Vegas Strip, Barber will go on to competition in a Miss Universe contest.

Barber lives in Northeast D.C., according to her form on a Miss Universe website. She graduated from Virginia State University with a grade in business government and works as an information record researcher for a U.S. Department of Commerce, a site says.

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She was innate in Columbus, Georgia, and grew adult in North Carolina, Nebraska, Minnesota, Virginia and finally D.C. given of her father’s troops career. She followed in her father’s footsteps and is an Army Reserve logistics commander for a 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit during Fort Meade, Maryland, according to a profile.

Coming in second in a manifestation was Miss Hawaii, who punted during a question-and-answer shred when asked who she would opinion for among a expected presidential candidates, Democrat Hillary Clinton or former manifestation owners Donald Trump, a Republican.

Chelsea Hardin concurred that there was no approach to rightly answer a doubt during a beauty pageant. The doubt was framed with Clinton’s expected standing of being a initial lady nominated by a vital domestic celebration for a White House. Hardin responded that gender doesn’t matter when determining a subsequent commander in chief. The 24-year-old college tyro from Honolulu simply pronounced a new boss should pull for what’s right for a country.

The other women in a tip 5 were asked about voting rights, income inequality and a new genocide of sports idol Muhammad Ali.

Fan favorite Miss California, Nadia Grace Mejia, had stumbled and paused when responding a doubt about amicable and mercantile inequality. The 20-year-old model, who is a daughter of a 1990s one-hit-wonder thespian famous as “Rico Suave,” had also talked about pang from anorexia and wanting to foster physique certainty progressing in a show.

The Fox network carried a three-hour broadcast. Last year, a uncover aired on cable’s Reelz network.

The beauty manifestation classification is bouncing behind from a array of controversies final year, including a dissection with former owners Donald Trump and a mistaken crowning of Miss Universe.

At a start of Sunday’s show, Steve Harvey done a cameo in a video to poke fun of a Miss Universe crowning that he botched in December.

Harvey was hosting that event, also hold in Las Vegas, and had incorrectly named Colombia’s Ariadna Gutierrez Arevalo a leader before editing himself on a stage. Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach of a Philippines was afterwards given a crown. Officials after pronounced it was due to tellurian error. The speak uncover horde pronounced he had re-read a label and beheld it pronounced “first runner-up” subsequent to a Colombia contestant’s name before clarifying with producers his mistake.

As for Trump — who didn’t seem during Sunday’s Miss USA manifestation — a unreserved Republican presidential hopeful wasn’t lost by viewers on amicable media.

Perhaps as polarizing as his process views were a reactions to a Miss USA uncover on Twitter. Some commented that a eventuality was reduction campy and some-more tedious than prior years but a ardent billionaire’s involvement, while others pronounced they were blissful to take in a guilty-pleasure uncover but ancillary a businessman incited politician.

A year ago, Trump set off an nauseous mangle adult with The Miss Universe Organization, afterwards co-owned by Trump and NBCUniversal. Trump annoyed Hispanics final Jun when he done anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his bid for a White House.

NBC, that had aired a manifestation given 2003, fast cut business ties with Trump and refused to lift a 2015 uncover it had already scheduled. The Spanish-language network Univision also pulled out of a promote for what would have been a initial of 5 years airing a pageants.

Trump afterwards sued both Univision and NBC.

He staid with NBC in September. Trump’s $500 million lawsuit opposite Univision claimed his First Amendment rights were violated, as good as claiming a crack of contract. That brawl was eventually settled, too.

The talent government association WME/IMG afterwards acquired The Miss Universe Organization.