Deshauna Barber lost her mother to cancer just three months after she was crowned Miss USA 2016, so it probably wasn’t easy to pass on her crown on Mother’s Day this year. However, the first lieutenant in the Army Reserves honored her mother in a very special way.
Before taking her final walk as Miss USA, Deshauna announced that she would wear her hair naturally in an afro as a tribute to her mother, who also had an afro. She looked radiant in a yellow gown and her gorgeous hair.
Twitter was living for it too.
To top things off, Deshauna passed the crown to another Miss District of Columbia: Kara McCullough. Back-to-back wins! (And shout out to Miss New Jersey, the runner-up…although I’m very biased.)