Miss USA Nia Sanchez Unable to Name Nevada’s Capital

Miss USA Nia Sanchez has fueled speculation that she is a beauty queen carpetbagger after she was unable to name the capital of her home state Nevada.

Sanchez will represent the USA at Miss Universe 2014 where she will compete to succeed Gabriela Isler of Venezuela.

Sanchez represented Nevada at Miss USA 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she was crowned as the winner by outgoing titleholder Erin Brady of Connecticut on June 8, 2014.Sanchez beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia on Sunday night for the title of 63rd Miss USA.  However, their is pageant viewers and critics that she is what many refer to as a carpetbagger.  By this we mean, a contestant that   meets minimum residency requirements in order to compete for the crown without actually living in the state she represented.

Sanchez, 25, had competed for the Miss California crown in 2010, 2011 and 2012,three times before competing and winning  the Miss Nevada crown.

In the Miss California USA 2010 Pageant, Nia Sanchez was 2nd runner-up out of 133 contestants as Miss Citrus Valley USA.  A title she held from November 20–22, 2009.

According to a source, “She never actually moved to Nevada, but continued to work at Disney and live in California, setting up some minimum paper trail to appear like she was in Nevada and allow her to compete.”

Sanchez, appeared on a MTV radio talk show this week and when ask what the capital of Nevada was…she said “Oh oh ahhh, ummm, oh my gosh,” she stammered before being rescued by the show’s host, who gave her the answer: “Carson City.”

“Thank you I was gonna say that, I was like, that one DJ host on MTV, back in the day, his name, that’s how I always remembered it,” she said.

Carson Daly, yeah,” the show’s co-host chimed in.

In an interview with FOX News… Sanchez claimed that she had lived in the state almost 18 months before she won the title, much longer than the minimum six months required.  She added  “Las Vegas is my home.  I have a house there with a friend.”

Nia Sanchez’ Pageant Profile

Nia Sanchez  is  25-years-old. She was born in Sacramento where she lived until she was 7! From there her love of travel began moving between California  and Washington.

After winning Miss USA, a carpetbagger controversy arose regarding her claimed Nevada residence. After failing to win Miss California USA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Sanchez reportedly established a paper trail to establish eligibility to compete in Miss Nevada USA.After graduating from high school  she moved to Europe to be a nanny!

Her love of traveling then took her to the Middle East, Austria and Thailand!

Nia is Half Mexican which is why she loved to travel to Mexico while on mission trips!

In 2009 she saw a close friend take the title of Miss USA and her love of Pageantry began!

She has competed both domestically and internationally with great success! Nia has worked as a full time model for the past 7 years and was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be a face character for Tokyo Disney!

After visiting the Great Wall Of China Nia has made the bright lights of Las Vegas her home!

Currently she is modeling full time and enjoying her reign has Miss Nevada USA 2014!


• Must not be married, never have been married, and never have had a marriage annulled. Must never have given birth to a child, can not be pregnant or be a parent.

Miss USA Requirements• Must be of good health and moral character.

• Must be a female citizen of the United States and at least one of the following must be true:

1) Must now reside in their state as their permanent and primary residence for a period of at least six (6) months immediately prior to the beginning of their state pageant (although they may have attended college or University elsewhere); or

2) Must have resided in their state as a full-time student at a college or university for one entire semester immediately prior to the beginning of their state pageant, and they are continuing to reside in their state as a full-time student (although they may have spent or be spending the summer in another state).

• Must agree, that if selected to represent their state in the MISS USA or MISS TEEN USA Pageant, they will participate in that pageant, and will abide by all the rules and regulations governing that pageant. If they win the MISS USA Pageant, they must agree to participate in the MISS UNIVERSE PAGEANT, and to abide by the rules and regulations governing that pageant.

• No contestant or any member of their immediate family can be employed by Miss Universe L.P. LLLP, any State Director in the MISS USA and/or MISS TEEN USA Pageant system, NBC Inc., or any of its subsidiaries, Ernst & Young, or any of its subsidiaries, Donald J. Trump, Trump Pageants Inc., The Trump Organization, NBC, or any of their subsidiaries or affiliated or related companies. (If contestant or any member of their immediate family is employed by any of the foregoing or any firm or corporation controlled or affiliated with any of them, then they must notify the state director immediately, in writing, so that their eligibility may be determined.

• Must agree that if they win or succeed to the state level title or the national title of MISS USA or MISS TEEN USA, they will not participate in any other pageants during the time they hold any of these titles, unless authorized in writing by Miss Universe L.P. LLLP.

• Must be willing to release, unconditionally and forever, any claim against Miss Universe L.P. LLLP, Its parent and affiliated or related companies and their respective officers, directors, partners, employees, agents and assigns, which they may have by virtue of their participation in their state pageant, or by any use of their name, likeness, voice, and/or biography in connection with their state pageant, including use in promotional and advertising material.

• Must understand and agree that all issues as to eligibility shall be determined by Miss Universe, L.P. LLLP, and they must agree to abide by that determination both as to themselves and other applicants.


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