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Deshauna Barber, Army Girl From District of Columbia, Crowned New Miss USA

Deshauna Barber, a 26-year-old Army officer from the District of Columbia, was crowned the new Miss USA on Sunday night.

Barber won on the strength of her answer when she received the perfect question about women in combat.

"As a woman in the United States Army, I think we are just as tough as men," she said.

"As a commander of my unit, I'm powerful, I am dedicated. Gender does not limit us in the United States."

Barber is the first-ever military member to win Miss USA. The lieutenant, who currently serves two days per month, she plans to take a break from the Army Reserves altogether to fulfill her duties as Miss USA.

"Two days a month is definitely not active duty. It is an obligation that I signed up for but they are very flexible in the United States Army Reserves," she explained.

Miss Hawaii came in second place after failing to deliver an answer on she would vote for President while Miss California badly flubbed a question about social and economical inequality in America.

Nadia Mejia stumbled, closed her eyes and paused when answering the question.

"When it comes to social and economic inequality, I think that the rich and the poor need to stop being so segregated. I think there is a middle class. I think that the rich need to... I think that the rich need to be able to be giving, and I think the poor need to work hard. And I think the middle class need to come together and find an in between."

With Deshauna Barber from the District of Columbia taking the crown, Steve Harvey, who famously and incorrectly announced Miss Colombia as the winner of Miss Universe, joked: "Soooooooo - I was a few months early with my announcement and forgot 'District of.'"

June 6, 2016 |

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