There were just so many reasons to freak out over this year鈥檚 Miss USA pageant. The controversial question asked of Miss Hawaii (that had the crowd booing!) and an epic Backstreet Boys performance almost seemed like they couldn鈥檛 be outdone when it came to the OMG-factor. But there was one final surprise that has left everyone freaking out in the wake of one of the biggest pageants of the year, and that鈥檚 the winner herself, Deshauna Barber, and here鈥檚 why.

Miss USA 2016 _ Deshauna Barber

The 26-year-old contestant from the nation鈥檚 capital looked like a Miss USA dream as she walked the stage in her stunning gowns, answered questions like a pro and wowed the crowd with her general amazing presence.

But it is her background that makes her such a unique figure when it comes to pageant winners. When not onstage competing and winning over judges,聽Deshauna Barber is an Army Reserve officer and IT analyst. Yeah, she鈥檚 basically a total badass.

Miss USA 2016 _ Deshauna Barber

Not shying away from her hardcore lifestyle, judge Joe Zee asked Deshauna during the question period about the Pentagon鈥檚 decision to open up all combat roles to women, and if it had 鈥減ut political correctness over our military鈥檚 ability to perform.鈥 Really, dude? Oof. 1st Lt. Barber wasn鈥檛 phased at all and readily answered, 鈥淎s a woman in the United States Army, I think it was an amazing job by our government to allow women to integrate into every branch of the military.鈥 She also added, 鈥淲e are just as tough as men. As a commander of my unit, I鈥檓 powerful, I am dedicated鈥 Gender does not limit us in the United States.鈥 Hellz ya!

Miss USA 2016 _ Deshauna Barber

Was it her badass-ness that won her the crown? Her beauty? Her ripped abs (seriously, damn girl!)? Her talents? Definitely all of 鈥榚m added together equals the newest Miss USA.

Tweeting an emotional clip聽of herself receiving her crown, she included the caption, 鈥淵AAAAS QUEEN! #MissUSA.鈥 We really couldn鈥檛 say it any better. Congratulations, Deshauna!

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