Newly crowned Miss U.S.A. Deshauna Barber gave a breath-taking answer during the finals of the pageant competition, dropping jaws everywhere on her surprisingly political statement.

Barber, who is an officer in the Army, didn’t shy away from a strong political statement when, during the interview portion of the pageant, she was asked for her opinion concerning women in combat.

“The Pentagon recently made the decision to open up all combat jobs to women. 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?”

This was no doubt a difficult question and one that the pageant contestant had to be sure to handle carefully, but rather than giving a safe non-answer, Barber dove in and stood strongly for women like herself.

“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. 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.”

For a contest that is so focused on appearances and beauty ideals, Barber showed that there is much more to beauty than makeup and hair. The newly-crowned Miss USA has proven that she is not only beautiful, but also intelligent, strong, and capable.

A true role model.

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com