This last weekend, contestant Deshauna Barber from District of Columbia was crowned Miss USA 2016, and it was well deserved. She is an Army Lt. serving as a logistics commander for the 988th Quartermaster Detachment Unit at Fort Meade, Maryland.
In the last round of questioning, the final three contestants were all asked to define “confidently beautiful.” Miss Georgia said it was about loving your flaws, and Miss Hawaii said it was about making other people feel loved. While great answers, it was Miss D.C. who got the crowd excited with her response:
“To me, confidently beautiful means understanding that it’s not always about your appearance. It’s not always about who you’re around and how they feel you look, where they feel you come from or your economic background. Serving in the military has taught me that being confidently beautiful is about being able to earn respect from people regardless of what you look like. As a woman in the military, people associate beauty with weakness; and they learn very quickly that I’m extremely strong and although I’m small, I’m powerful. And confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who’ve I become. Thank you.”
Such an inspiration! Congrats to you, Army Lt. Barber on the win; and may your words inspire and encourage us all to be the most beautiful and confident that we can be.