“I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate to every branch of the military,” she said. “As a commander of my unit, I am powerful. I am dedicated. And it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”
-Deshauna Barber (Miss USA 2016)
A CONGRATULATIONS is definitely in order! So happy and proud to witness such beauty, elegance + grace flow across the Miss USA 2016 stage on last night. Deshauna Barber did an AMAZING job representing The District of Columbia, the U.S. military, family + friends and all of her pageant sponsors. She was truly a joy to watch during her road to Miss USA and certainly earned her crown.
But there’s more about the beautiful Deshauna everyone should know in addition to her snatching the Miss USA title during last night’s pageant.
1. Born in Columbus, GA, The 26-year old is a proud HBCU alumna of Virginia State University
— further making her the 2nd HBCU graduate to earn the title since Howard University’s Shauntay Hinton in 2002. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. She later attended the University of Maryland University College, where she earned a master’s degree in management information systems.
2. As daughter of a military father (retired Army Master Sergeant), she is First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and an IT analyst at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
She is also commissioned as a Quartermaster Officer in 2011 and is currently a Logistics Commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland. Her siblings are also Team Army.
3. Did you see all of her beauty, specifically the hair??
Tehe. She is currently rockin’ with HAUTE HAIR Extensions — a luxury hair extensions + wigs company based in Washington, DC. As Social Media Marketing Manager for HAUTE HAIR, I got a chance to witness Deshauna’s work ethic, passion for the Miss USA competition, and her dedicated service to honoring current + retired US military personnel. Every photo, tag line, quote and comment that I received for posting on the social channels, had me mesmerized at her beauty and elegance. The HAUTE HAIR team is still in such humble amazement at being able work with her as an incredible brand ambassador! Please visit www.hautehaironline.com to learn more about the company, hair textures + browse the MANY products that we offer. We can also be found on Instagram (@therealhautehair) and Facebook (Haute Hair) Hey, I think an interview, coming soon! :)
4. She is a proud member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
Deshauna joined Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. in Spring 2009 through Alpha Zeta Chapter at Virginia State University.
5. Barber will be competing in the Miss Universe 2016
pageant much later this year to take over the ultimate pageant title from the current, Miss Universe — Pia Wurtzbach.
We wish you SO MUCH SUCCESS on your road to the Miss Universe pageant Deshauna! Stay upright, walking and smiling in ALL of your poised glory.