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  • 8
    Jul
    2016

    Miss USA talks diversity, pageants: ‘I’ve faced discrimination in the past’

    USAToday.com – As a woman of color who has worked in the tech industry and served in the armed forces before winning Miss USA, Deshauna Barber knows what breaking boundaries is like.

    Barber, the ninth African-American woman to be crowned Miss USA, discussed her experiences with diversity and pageants in a conversation with USA TODAY, sharing that it’s natural for her, and every African-American woman, to be fearful of discrimination.

    “Was I a little fearful that maybe my skin color might play a role in whether I win? I was a little bit nervous about that,” she said.

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    “Pageants are nerve-wracking in general. As African-American women, we do face discrimination at times, and it’s a natural fear I feel in every single field, whether it’s in the Department of Commerce when I was working there, or the military, or pageants, or even walking into a store.” Read the full article here.


  • 8
    Jul
    2016

    Miss USA and U.S. Army Reserve

    U.S. Army Reserve Media Relations team stopped by the Miss Universe Organization office today to meet with Miss USA 2016, Deshauna Barber. She currently holds the title of Miss USA, but Deshauna is also a U.S. Army Reserve Officer.

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  • 4
    Jul
    2016

    Happy Fourth of July

    From the Miss Universe Organization, we wish all of our fans and titleholders a happy and safe Fourth of July.

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  • 3
    Jul
    2016

    Miss USA Deshauna Barber: ‘Beauty comes in all shades’

    MSNBC.com – This past weekend, newly crowned Miss USA Deshauna Barber became an overnight sensation due in large part to a single answer she delivered during the competition, but that wasn’t the only way that she has and will continue to make an impact.

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    When asked during the pageant whether integrating women into combat roles “put political correctness over our military’s ability to perform,” the 26-year-old Army reservist said, “We are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I’m powerful, I am dedicated and it is important that we recognize that gender does not limit us in the United States.” The comment drew rapturous applause, boosted her to victory and won her fans across the country. With her unconventional background and non-traditional looks, Barber inspired response from women of color, particularly darker-hued African-Americans, that surprised even her. Read the full article here.


  • 30
    Jun
    2016

    Swimsuits out of Miss Teen USA pageant

    The organization is ending the swimsuit portion of the beauty pageant and replacing it with an athletic wear competition, a spokesperson confirmed to CNN.

    The news was first reported by USA Today.

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    It’s a nod to a more modern approach in an era where there are gender empowerment videos and commercial campaigns including Always’ #LikeAGirl aimed at highlighting equality among the sexes.

    “This decision reflects an important cultural shift we’re all celebrating that empowers women who lead active, purposeful lives and encourage those in their communities to do the same,” Miss Universe president Paula Shugart wrote in a memo to the pageant’s state directors. “Our hope is that this decision will help all of Miss Teen USA’s fans recognize these young women for the strong, inspiring individuals they are.” Read the full article here.