A new Miss USA will be crowned on Sunday night, live on Fox!
Reigning Miss USA Deshauna Barber has mixed feelings about handing over the crown.
“Excited, but sad and anxious. Combination of feelings when you’re passing over your reign. You feel accomplished and humble and thankful for the experience. I feel lucky to be able to crown the next winner of 2017.”
For the sixty-sixth annual show, co-hosts Julianne Hough and Terrence J will guide the 51 contestants through the swimsuit, evening gown and interview portions of the evening.
“If they’re anything like me, they are just scared out of their minds,” Barber said. “You’re going against 50 other very well-qualified women that could all easily be Miss USAs, and I think that sometimes you get into competition mode and focus on what you can do to get in competition mode. I think that’s one thing that outsiders looking in don’t realize – that there’s a lot of mental preparation.”
Barber, who is a former U.S. Reserve captain, plans to continue working on behalf of military families and veterans.
“Well, I’m going to be focused on being a full-time motivational speaker. So, I’m excited to use that as an opportunity to still focus on veterans. So, speak about PTSD, so kind-of just advocate for the military and military families. So, that’s kind-of going to be my full-time job at this point.”