Miss Nevada Wins Miss USA Crown in Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge -- Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez won the Miss USA 2014 pageant Sunday.

Sanchez — a successful model from Las Vegas — has studied the martial art of taekwondo for many years, earning a fourth-degree black belt. In one of her interview answers, she told the audience she believes all women should learn to defend and empower themselves.

The first runner up in the pageant was Miss North Dakota Audra Mari.

The top ten finalists included Miss Florida, Miss North Dakota, Miss Georgia, Miss Maryland, Miss Wisconsin, Miss Iowa, Miss Nevada, Miss Louisiana, Miss California and Miss South Carolina.

Sanchez will next represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.

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