The New Miss USA Is An Army Officer And A Badass Feminist

This is definitely someone we want to see wearing the crown.

By Aimée Lutkin

The Miss USA Pageant was embroiled in scandal this time last year, after NBC refused to air the program following presidential-hopeful and pageant co-owner Donald Trump's racist remarks about Mexicans. Trump eventually settled with NBC in September, and was not involved in this year's production. To its benefit, because look at our new Miss USA winner, District of Columbia contestant Deshauna Barber:

Yaaaaas Queen. #MissUSA

A photo posted by Deshauna Barber (@missusa) on


Barber is an Army lieutenant who spoke very eloquently about her position in the military, saying, "As a woman in the United States Army, I think ... we are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated... Gender does not limit us in the United States."

Attention: First Lieutenant Deshauna Barber is reporting for duty as #MissUSA 2016.

A video posted by Deshauna Barber (@missusa) on


The runner-up was Miss Hawaii, who got stuck with a question about who she'd be voting for in November—Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton? Viewers weren't pleased.

Miss Hawaii handled it though, by making like a politician herself and saying absolutely nothing with a whole lot of words:

"It doesn't matter what gender, what we need in the United States is someone who represents those of us who don't feel like we have a voice, those of us who want our voices heard. We need a president to push for what is right, and push for what America really needs." Sure.

Miss USA will be going on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, and this year I might actually watch.

Life is but a dream: A message from #MissUSA 2016, Deshauna Barber!

A video posted by Deshauna Barber (@missusa) on

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