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

8 Jul

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.


“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.


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