Miss USA 2016
Miss District of Columbia USA 2016
If you’re one to occasionally peep your head out of the rock you live under, you would’ve noticed the unusual noise surrounding the Miss USA 2016 pageant last week.
I have to admit, the world of pageants and appearance-contests goes a little over my threshold of concepts I can entertain, but when I scrolled through my Facebook timeline to read up on the newly crowned USA, I beamed.
2016 is the year to care about Miss USA because Miss Deshauna Barber is a Black woman in the Army Reserve who was discovered at a “Target” store.
It doesn’t get more exciting than that.
There’s nothing sugar-coated about this story, but it is oh so glorious.
In one achievement, 26-year-old Deshauna Barber joined the notorious ‘Black faces’ of Miss USA, she brought awareness to women in the army and encouraged thousands of women everywhere to step out and effect change.
Talking to sources, Deshauna Barber referred to the overwhelming amount of “thank you” messages she received from women of colour who drew strength from her ability to go up against mainstream beauty-standards that fuels pageants worldwide.
“And I think it’s really sad because it goes to show that we really do live in a world where darker women such as myself feel as though we’re not pretty based on what we see on the television. And that’s really unfortunate because beauty comes in all shades.”
“If we look at the race of women who have won [Miss USA] over the past 20 years, every year is different … it just shows how diverse they want they want their representatives to be,” she said. “I’m glad that they thought I would be a good Miss USA and I want to inspire women my color, all types of women with [different] economic backgrounds, different religious backgrounds, women from all over this country to consider pageants, and even if its not pageants, to chase their dreams and never think that how you look is a reason you can’t achieve that dream.”
Deshauna Barber speaking to MSNBC
So here’s an inspiring story for your weekend 🙂