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Deshauna Barber wears many hats in her career. First she’s an Army reserve officer stationed out of Fort Meade, Maryland, as well as an IT analyst. But now she’s wearing a crown.

Barber, Miss D.C., was crowned Miss USA during Sunday night’s pageant. And one of the questions asked by a judge hit home for Barber.

“The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women,” said Judge Joe Zee, noting how it was a personal issue for Barber. “Now some have questioned if this has put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform at the highest level. What are your thoughts?”

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And Barber gave a mic drop worthy reply.

“As a woman in the United States Army, I think it is an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military,” she said as the crowd erupted.

“We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit I am powerful, I am dedicated and it’s important to recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States Army.”

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Barber gave an even better response when she was asked about beauty standards and being confidently beautiful.

“To me confidently beautiful means understanding its not always about your appearance. It’s not always about who you are 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 though I’m small, I’m powerful. Confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I’ve become.”

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