Host: “Define what ‘confidently beautiful’ means to you?”
Deshauna Barber: “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,” she said. “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 I’ve become. Thank you.”
Image: Miss USA facebook page
I am writing this in disappointment and also because the racist comments online got to me. They got to me pretty bad. I am so beyond proud of what I was able to witness on Sunday, June 5th,2016. The winner of Miss USA pageant 2016 EARNED her crown. The title went to Deshauna Barber, from the District of Columbia. She will now go on to represent USA in the Miss Universe pageant, which will take place later this year.
Miss USA started in 1952 and since then only 8 black women have been crowned, it could have been 9, but Vanessa Williams nude photos appeared in a magazine that caused her to lose the crown in 1984. We can now bring that number to 9, thanks to Deshauna Barber. Take a look at the features of the winners of Miss USA and even the features of Deshauna Barber.
Image: Miss USA facebook page
What seems to be the problem?
Deshauna Barber has people talking and it is baffling to me the reason why. Most White Americans are upset because they wanted Chelsea Hardin from Hawaii to win, because she represents the “IDEAL BEAUTY” OR BETTER YET “THE STANDARD OF BEAUTY” IN AMERICA. I guess I was watching the wrong show. The question round is what ruined Miss Hawaii chance of the crown. Deshauna Barber on the other hand MURDERED the question round. Her confidence shined through. Her beauty spoke for itself and her overall stage presence was undeniable. A queen in its true form.
Some are also saying she won because she is in the army. She is an army reserve officer and IT analyst. Talk about strength and beauty. This to me all sounds like excuses, because let me tell you something, if Miss Hawaii would have won no one will be going on rants, they would have all simply celebrated her victory and went on about their business. All 3 women were beautiful. All 3 women did their best, but Deshauna just had a spark that out shined the other 2 beautiful ladies.
Deshauna Barber’s VICTORY gives me hope that one day America will overlook our skin colour and accept that we are just as great as White America, if not better. Deshauna Barber has given hope to millions of black girls in North America and around the world. She has proven that we are just as beautiful as the white woman. We are capable of shining bright just as the white woman. Black women can finally have a “somewhat” true representation of black beauty. We can look at her and relate. We can look at her and feel like we have all won. I can vouch for many black women when I say this; When a black woman wins we all win.
Honestly, when I was watching the show and saw a few black women in the top 52 I was already routing for all of them, it was just a given. It is almost like a natural instinct most of us get. I hope the black girls who tuned in will use her as an inspiration to keep pushing and to rise above all the challenges they face on a daily basis as black women. I honestly felt as if I knew this woman, because I was so nervous for her and I cried when she won. She deserves it and I cannot wait for her to shine at the Miss Universe pageant. The world is yours, baby girl. The world is yours.
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