On Sunday, during one of the most exciting MISS USA pageants in the show’s 63 year history, a star-studded panel of judges chose Miss Nevada USA, Nia Sanchez, as Miss USA 2014.
Giuliana Rancic, “E! News” co-anchor, and Thomas Roberts, host of MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” show hosted the competition, along with style expert Jeannie Mai, who provided behind-the-scenes commentary from the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Nia Sanchez is a 24 year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada. She is a 4th Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and has trained for over 12 years.
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Sanchez has also been a face character for Disney in both the United States and abroad and has traveled to over 13 countries.
The 2014 MISS USA Competition featured contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Contestants were judged in three categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview. Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013 crowned her successor at the conclusion of the three-hour telecast.
The MISS USA show is stated to be the only domestic pageant to be seen internationally. The 2014 MISS USA Competition was distributed to approximately 70 countries.
Photo courtesy: The Miss Universe Organization