Salutes to you, Deshauna Barber, our reigning new Miss USA!

I was only on vacation for a week (hanging out in a very isolated area in the mountains of Lake Piru), I can’t believe the one time that I didn’t watch the pageant, the highlights of the pageant, have access to a television or internet that a military veteran wins a tiara! Our reigning Miss USA is an Army Reserve officer and IT analyst from the District of Columbia.

“They assume that we’re very masculine women. People assume that women in the Army aren’t attractive, that we’re not beautiful,” she said. “So when they find out I am in the Army they’re like ‘What, you’re so pretty’ and I look at them like, ‘What does that mean?’”

“There are very beautiful women in the military, gorgeous women and just because we choose to serve our country doesn’t mean we can’t be pretty,” she added. “I never wanted to model, I’ve always wanted to be a soldier, and just because I’m attractive doesn’t mean that it’s an industry I can’t be in.”

I’ve always felt just because we served our country and had to rock the camouflage uniforms didn’t mean we couldn’t look fabulous doing it; it’s what my whole premise of Veteran Fashionista was built on. Can you imagine how popular camouflage fashion is going to be now? I’m SO honored that our lovely Miss USA agrees with my sentiments and did I mention, VERY proud of her and all that she’s accomplished!

Miss Barber is the ninth African-American Miss USA to win the title and the second Miss USA to graduate from a historically black college, but she’s the FIRST military veteran to win this prestigious crown! Veteran Fashionista salutes Deshauna Barber for these accomplishments!

Until next time my Veteran Fashionistas, as always, stay fashionable!

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Jackie Tacke

Jacquelyn Tacke is a proud Navy veteran. She has represented designers from “Project Runway,” “Project Runway All Stars,” “All On The Line,” etc. Some of those designers’ lines were sold in Dillard’s, Lane Bryant, the Smithsonian museum, as well as a variety of boutiques across the U.S. She has produced celebrity fashion shows all across the country and abroad. She was also a guest speaker for FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising) in San Diego and is a member of Fashion Group International.


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