On Sunday night, in front of millions of viewers, Deshauna Barber, Miss District of Columbia, was crowned Miss USA. Barber is only the third winner from the District of Columbia, and the first-ever military service member to take home the coveted crown.

Barber is not just breaking barriers because of her skin, or because she’s also in the military. It’s what she’s fighting for that makes her so awesome.

“I am ready to break the stereotype for female soldiers and bust through the pageantry glass ceiling that has been laid over the heads of this industry,” she wrote on Instagram before the competition. “Time to show that we as women are versatile, strong and can be anything we set our minds to!

Barber ran her Miss USA campaign with a focus on helping veterans fight Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) when they return from war.

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