Former Miss D.C. and current Miss USA Deshauna Barber is more than just a pretty face.
The pageant winner has an impressive resume, with experience as an IT analyst for the U.S. Department of Commerce, then as a lieutenant and commander of her unit in the U.S. Army Reserve, not to mention a master’s degree.
An Army brat, Barber moved around growing up, settling in the District in time to win the title of Miss D.C. 2016. In June, she was crowned Miss USA.
How did the commanding officer get into beauty pageants? “It’s just something I randomly started when I was 19, and I guess I’ve been fairly successful now,” Barber explained on The Joe Clair Morning Show on Tuesday.
As Miss USA, she plans to tackle the issue of suicide and post-traumatic stress disorder among returning military members.
“I’m so excited to be able to push this platform nationally, and I can’t wait for the impact I’ll be able to make with it,” Barber said. Part of that platform involves pushing the government to require intensive counseling for returning solders to help fight PTSD and suicide.
She also gave her thoughts on the recent proposal of a draft for women in the U.S., as well the recent elimination of the swimsuit competition in the Miss Teen USA pageant.
Watch the second part of the interview below.
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