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Miss USA Wore Her Hair Natural To Honor Her Late Mother And I'm Not Crying You Are

" has been very bittersweet for me because three months after I was crowned Miss USA I lost my mom to lung cancer."

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But one of the sweetest and most inspiring moments was when Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016 and the first active member of military to win the crown, wore her natural Afro in honor of her mother.

In a taped segment before Barber took her final walk to crown the new queen, she shared that her term as Miss USA had been bittersweet after her mother died of lung cancer only three months into her reign.

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"She was a wonderful woman, and this day is very hard," she said, as the event also took place on Mother's Day. "She was my best friend, and I'm happy that I won Miss USA and she was able to see that."


...and another created this beautiful portrait of her.

Quick sketch of @deshaunabarber bc I was so excited when she came out with her natural hair. Thank you and I know y…

People everywhere were very moved by her beautiful speech and final walk.

Deshauna Barber is EVERYTHING! sis went backstage snatched her wig off and served natural for her final walk they w…