Once again, 2016 is proving to be the most blackest year in recent history. Miss District of Columbia, Deshauna Barber, was crowned the winner of the 2016 Miss USA Pageant, which aired Sunday night on FOX.

Her mother, who is battling lung cancer, cheered along from their home in Fayetteville, N.C. The 26-year-old is a logistics commander for the U.S. Army, while also working full time as a IT analyst for the Department of Commerce.

Barber’s mother, father and two siblings all served in the military as well.

Photo: WRAL
Photo: WRAL

Barber wants to focus her platform on PTSD treatment for soldiers returning from deployment. She is an alumna of both Virginia State University and University of Maryland University College.

Deshauna is also a member of Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.

Barber’s reign includes a luxury New York City apartment complete with living expenses, a one-year supply of CHI Haircare products, a personal stylist, modeling portfolio, all-access to exclusive events, a year-long salary along with loads of other perks.

Black girl magic was in abundance beyond Barber at the pageant, with 22-year-old Emani Davis, Miss Georgia, taking home 2nd runner-up. Miss Hawaii, Chelsea Keolani Hardin, was the 1st runner-up, rounding out the top three finalists, comprising of people of color.

Barber delivered the most poignant responses of the night, many of which dealt with being a woman in the military. When asked what it meant to be “confidently beautiful”, Barber 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.

After Barber’s win, Twitter was ecstatic!

We are excited to witness Deshauna’s reign as Miss USA and watch her kill it in the Miss Universe pageant!

Photo: Giphy

Share this article with your friends on Twitter and Facebook below!

READ NEXT: FLOTUS describes waking up each day in a house built by slaves to CUNY graduates