As a black woman, I cannot begin to express the inspiration that comes with seeing that Miss USA crown and sash on the radiant Deshauna Barber.

Woman who look like Deshauna (with beautiful, brown skin) are rarely shown in the mainstream media. Personally, I am used to seeing lighter skinned woman (whether black or mixed race) as the standard of beauty. Whether it be in music videos, love interests in movies and shows, or anywhere else, lighter woman are always portrayed as the most desirable.

As a dark skinned woman, I am so inspired by the very few amount of celebrities that I somewhat identify with aesthetically. Woman like Lupita Nyong’o, Kelly Rowland, and now, Deshauna Barber.

Yesterday, the world literally witnessed history on so many levels. From Deshauna being one of the only darker-skinned women to recently win to being only the third winner from Washington D.C.

Aside from all the history-making, can we just talk about her beauty transformation??

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The 26-year-old is currently in the army reserves. But don’t let the camouflage attire fool you, Miss USA wowed the country with her elegant makeup and curled, long black tresses at the famous pageant.

Behind the winning look was makeup artist Leah Laviano. Leah gave Deshauna a traditional pageant smokey eye and false lashes but ditched the traditional glossy nude lip the majority of the other contestants wore. Instead, Deshauna stood out with a darker lip color.

Miss USA’s hair was softly curled and held in place with the Chi Firm Hold Hairspray.

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I just want to encourage Deshauna to slay on and keep being #blackgirlmagic for the rest of us chocolate sisters.


BeautyLynk Contributing Writer Amber Oates is a journalist passionate about all things fashion, beauty, and hair. The Boston resident never passes on a chance to travel anywhere and everywhere. Follow her on Twitter at @amberboates1.


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