Miss USA 2016 Winner Is Deshauna Barber, Miss District of Columbia Wins Pageant (VIDEO)
Deshauna Barber was crowned as the 2016 Miss USA winner on Sunday at the T-Mobile Arena at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. The beauty queen beat out 51 other contestants, including runner-up Chelsea Hardin of Hawaii, to win the crown. Barber now takes over the title from 2015 winner Olivia Jordan from Oklahoma. Watch the video below!
The pageant began with whittling down the 52 contestants to the top 15 women. The 15 women who moved on to the swimsuit competition were Miss South Carolina, Miss Ohio, Miss Georgia, Miss Arizona, Miss Alabama, Miss West Virginia, Miss District Of Columbia, Miss California, Miss Missouri, Miss Connecticut, Miss Hawaii, South Dakota, Miss Arkansas, Miss Virginia, and Miss Oklahoma.
Next was the swimsuit competition. The remaining contestants were narrowed down to 10. Those who made the cut were Miss Virginia, Miss Alabama, Miss California, Miss Georgia, Miss Connecticut, Miss District of Columbia, Miss Missouri, Miss Arkansas, Miss South Dakota, and Miss Hawaii.
After the evening gown competition, the top five women who advanced to the interview part were Miss Georgia, Miss Hawaii, Miss District of Columbia, Miss Alabama, and Miss California. The women were asked about lessons to be learned from Muhammad Ali, women soldiers being allowed to fight in combat, voting rights, how to narrow the social and economic gap, and why vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Miss Hawaii avoided answering who she would vote for, and Miss California flubbed the economic gap question.
Following the interview portion, the three women left were Miss Georgia, Miss Hawaii, and Miss District of Columbia. But that wasn’t it. The last three had to answer one last question: “Define confidently beautiful.”
As Gossip Cop previously reported, the 65th annual Miss USA pageant was hosted by Julianne Hough and Terrence J. Jenkins. During the show there were performances by the Backstreet Boys, Nervo, and Chris Young. The judges for competition included Ali Landry, Miss USA 2008 Crystal Stewart, Harper’s Bazaar executive editor Laura Brown, fashion photographer Nigel Barker, and Yahoo Style editor Joe Zee.
Watch the video below, and tell us what you think about Miss District Of Columbia Deshauna Barber winning the 2016 Miss USA pageant.