For several years now, it's been safe to say that Washington D.C. has been a loser.
Just look at the Wizards. At the performance of the Capitals in the NHL playoffs. At the insistence of the Redskins to continue to be known as the "Redskins."
And at the approval rating of Congress.
But Deshauna Barber is here to do something about this reputation!
Representing the District of Columbia at the Miss USA Pageant on Sunday night, Barber impressed the judges with her looks, talent and intelligence.
They all added up to an unexpected victory inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
Following an intense, ridiculously sexist competition, the final three came down to Barber, Miss Hawaii and Miss Georgia, as the contestants were asked to define what "confidently beautiful" meant to them.
"To me confidently beautiful means understanding that it's not always about your appearance," Barner explained, adding:
"It's not always about who you're around and how they feel you look, where they feel you come from or your economic background.
"Serving in the military has taught me that being confidently beautiful is about being able to earn respect from people regardless of what you look like. As a woman in the military, people associate beauty with weakness and they learn very quickly that I'm extremely strong.
"And although I'm small, I'm powerful and confidently beautiful is being myself and being very happy with who I've become. Thank you."
That's a solid answer to an absurd question.
The Miss USA Pageant started with 52 contestants, whittling itself down 15 beauties by bikini portion of the show.
Yes, this is 2016 and this is still something that exists in the country.
Turtle power isn't all that strong the second time around.
"Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows" opened to $35.3 million, according to comScore estimates Sunday - close to half of what the first film opened to in 2014. It's the latest in a string of underwhelming openings for sequels this summer, including "X-Men: Apocalypse," which fell a hefty 66 percent in its second weekend in theaters, earning $22.3 million for a second-place finish.
On the brighter side, the romantic tearjerker "Me Before You" proved again the might of the female audience. The film opened higher than expected with $18.3 million, putting it squarely in third place.
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Meanwhile, the Lonely Island mockumentary "Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping," earned $4.6 million to take eighth place.
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Max Singer and Kenya Smith had an unforgettable wedding celebration on Saturday, thanks in part to an unexpected appearance from Taylor Swift.
The pop superstar surprised the couple
at their reception in New Jersey on Saturday, performing an acoustic version of her hit "Blank Space" and posing for a series of photos.
Longtime Taylor fan Max spoke to AccessHollywood.com on Sunday to share how he responded to the A-lister's "awesome" cameo, and revealed that neither he nor Kenya had any clue what was in store for their special day.
Months later, Taylor followed through on her and Ali's conversation and appeared at the festivities during a pause in Ali's speech. According to Max, it was the perfect time to catch him off guard.
"We thought we were about to start having dinner because the toasts were over, but then [Taylor] literally walked in at that exact moment," he recalled.
Despite the initial shock, Max said that once he caught a glimpse at his sister during the reveal, his instincts immediately kicked in.
"As it was happening, I just looked at [Ali] and she had that, like, smile like she knew what was going on. And I clearly didn't, so I knew she had to have something to do with it," he laughed.
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Ali didn't act alone. Max told Access that his sister's friend, Morgan, was also aware what a big Taylor fan he is. After he wrote an essay about her album "1989" and submitted it for admission to business school, Max said that Morgan got such a kick out of his strategy that she used it to help Ali give her brother and his bride the ultimate wedding gift.
"I had sent that essay and [Morgan] thought it was hilarious, so she wanted to do something cool with it and I knew. It clicked, like, 'Oh, you. I know it's you!'" he laughed.
Taylor arrived to the festivities with more than just her voice. She also gave Max and Kenya a handmade card with the "Blank Space" lyric "So it's gonna be forever" painted on the front, a gesture which Max said points to Taylor's generous character.
"It's really incredible, because not only is she this crazy, huge star who did that for us, but she actually took the time to make something like that," Max said. "It's really, it's unbelievable, honestly, that a person like her would do that, which just speaks to how amazing a person she is."
Max said that the evening was such a "cool and crazy" blur, he couldn't even guess how long Taylor's appearance lasted – but he was happy to simply be present for it.
"It was all so crazy that it just happened and I don't even know," he said. "I was just loving the moment."
The newlywed told Access that his and Kenya's nuptials were already everything they'd hoped for, but Ali and Morgan's secret plan brought things to a whole new level they never saw coming.
"Everybody was great. We were with all our family and friends. It was perfect," he said. "Everybody did their part to make the wedding amazing to start with, and then that, obviously, was the icing on the cake."