News

Miss Nevada crowned Miss USA

Miss Nevada crowned Miss USA

MISS USA: Nia Sanchez, who wore an intricate red gown during the latter part of the three-hour nationally broadcast contest, addressed the issue of sexual assault on college campuses during a question-and-answer session faced by all six finalists. Photo: Reuters

(Reuters) – Nia Sanchez, 24-year-old 4th degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do from Nevada, was crowned Miss USA on Sunday during the 63rd telecast of the annual beauty pageant.

Sanchez, who wore an intricate red gown during the latter part of the three-hour nationally broadcast contest, addressed the issue of sexual assault on college campuses during a question-and-answer session faced by all six finalists.

Sanchez said she felt some colleges, fearing a bad reputation, might sweep the problem under the rug, and that “More awareness (of the issue) is very important so that women can learn to protect themselves.”

She added that as a 4th degree black belt, she learned “you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself … That’s something we need to start to implement for a lot of women.”

The pageant, co-hosted by Giuliana Rancic of “E! News” and MSNBC’s morning news show “Way Too Early” host Thomas Roberts, was broadcast live on NBC from Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The first runner-up was Audra Mari, 20, from North Dakota. Other finalists included contestants from Georgia, Louisiana and Florida. Iowa’s representative became a sixth finalist based on fan voting on Twitter, but placed as the fifth runner-up.

The competition featured contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia who were judged in three traditional beauty pageant categories: swimsuit, evening gown and interview.

Erin Brady, Miss USA 2013, crowned her successor, who will go on to compete at the international Miss Universe competition.

(Reporting by Chris Michaud; Editing by Robert Birsel)

Latest Headlines

48 mins ago in Local

Maine Island Residents Allowed To Send Bloodwork By Ferry

Fresh
LOCKED BOX

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) Maine residents will be able to use locked boxes on state ferries that allow for transportation of medical samples.

1 hour ago in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ told by emojis

Fresh
11-overlay-2

If the blockbuster movie was told entirely by characters on your cell phone.

2 hours ago in Local

Governor Gets New Dog

Fresh
LEPAGE WITH NEW DOG

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — The governor who holds the state record for vetoes has named his new dog Veto.

18 hours ago in Local

Bangor Police Searching For Man Accused Of Making Meth

13087551_10154167759726079_5429417034073189354_n

Bangor Police are asking for the public's help in finding a man accused of making meth.

19 hours ago in Local

Commission Wants To Protect Maine’s Lobsters Future

LOBSTERS2

Scientists will study northern New England's key lobster fishing areas in an attempt to protect the crustaceans

Tweets

  • 18h
  • 19h
  • 20h
  • 20h
  • 29h
  • 40h
  • 44h