Miss USA 2014 winner is Nia Sanchez of Nevada

Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez was crowned Miss USA 2014 during the pageant's coronation night held in Louisiana last Sunday, June 8.

Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez
Screen capture from Miss USA / YouTube
The competition, which took place at Baton Rouge River Center, was hosted by "E! News" co-anchor Giuliana Rancic and "Way Too Early" host Thomas Roberts, with style expert Jeannie Mai for behind-the-scenes commentary.

The 24-year-old beauty wore a beautiful red fishtail gown in the evening gown competition.

During the Question and Answer portion, she was asked what must be done to prevent sexual assaults on women in college campuses. The full-time model answered that they need to "take it upon themselves to learn how to defend themselves." In an interview, the taekwondo black belter reportedly said she plans to share her knowledge in martial arts to women.

The 3-hour show was televised domestically and distributed to over 60 countries.


Here are the final results:
  • 1st Runner Up: Miss North Dakota USA Audra Mari
  • 2nd Runner Up: Miss Georgia USA Tiana Griggs
Rest of Top 6:
  • Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Alyson Guidry
  • Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff
  • Miss Iowa USA Carlyn Bradarich
Rest of Top 14:
  • Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze
  • Miss Maryland USA Taylor Burton
  • Miss Wisconsin USA Bishara Dorre
  • Miss South Carolina USA Christina Isabelle Zapolski
Rest of Top 20:
  • Miss Virginia USA Arielle Saige Rosmarino
  • Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl
  • Miss Tennessee USA Kristy Landers Niedenfuer
  • Miss Alabama USA Jesica Warren Ahlberg
  • Miss Arizona USA Jordan Alyssa Wessel
  • Miss Minnesota USA Haley O'Brien
  • Miss Oklahoma USA Brooklynne Young
  • Miss New Jersey USA Emily Shah
  • Miss Nebraska USA Amanda Marie Soltero
  • Miss Pennsylvania USA Valerie Gatto
Special Awards:
  • Miss Photogenic - Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze
  • Miss Congeniality - Miss Rhode Island USA Christina Palavra
Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez, who bested fifty other candidates from 49 states and the district of Columbia, succeeded last year's title holder Erin Brady of Connecticut and will represent the country in this year's Miss Universe pageant.