2014 Miss USA Pageant
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Miss USA 2014 and Final Results
Miss USA 2014: Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada USA
1st Runner Up: Audra Mari, Miss North Dakota USA
2nd Runner Up: Tiana Griggs, Miss Georgia USA
3rd runner-up: Miss Louisiana USA, Brittany Guidry
4th runner-up: Miss Florida USA, Brittany Oldehoff
5th runner-up: Miss Iowa USA, Carlyn Bradarich
Interesting Facts About the 2014 Miss USA Pageant
The new Miss USA 2014 is Nia Sanchez,a 5’8′ tall, 24 year-old professional model from Los Vegas, Nevada. Sanchez was crowned by outgoing Miss USA 2013, Erin Brady of Connecticut.
During the swimsuit competition, contestants were serenaded by Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line and hip-hop artist Nelly to the hit songs “Cruise” and “This Is How We Roll”. Sanchez wore a white bikini with skin-tone insets that coordinated with her skin-tone platform sandals.
In the evening gown competition, Sanchez was stunning strapless scarlet red evening gown with a flared mermaid hemline featuring a thigh-high slit center front. The gown beautifully highlighted her hair color.
Her first runner-up was Miss North Dakota USA, Audra Mari Fargo. The former Miss Nevada USA beat out contestants from all 50 states and the District of Columbia to win the coveted crown. She will represent the USA at the Miss Universe Pageant later in the year.
Sanchez created a stir and emerged as a public favorite due to her having studied the Korean mixed Martian art Taekwondo for twelve years and earned a fourth-degree black belt. That achievement was referenced several times during the evening, during the contestants’ up-close-and-personal videos during the announcement of the Top 20 and then during the final questions when judge Rumer Willis asked Sanchez about sexual violence against women on college campuses.
“I believe that some colleges may potentially be afraid of having a bad reputation and that would be a reason it could be swept under the rug, because they don’t want that to come out into the public. But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves,” she added. “Myself, as a fourth-degree black belt, I learned from a young age that you need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. And I think that’s something that we should start to really implement for a lot of women.”
Sanchez is the first contestant from Nevada and the fourth woman of Hispanic heritage to be named Miss USA. Nia was born and raised in Sacramento, California until age seven. She enjoys traveling and has visited the Middle East, Austria, and Switzerland, served on missions trips to Mexico, as well as stints working as a nanny in Europe and as a character princess at Hong Kong Disney.
Nia represented the USA at the 2014 Miss Universe Pageant where she placed as first runner-up to the new Miss Universe 2014, Paulina Vega, Miss Universe Colombia.
At the close of her reign, Nia Sanchez returned to crown her successor, Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan of Oklahoma.
This year’s pageant included some new approaches. The traditional two-hour broadcast was expanded to three hours, the semi-finalists were increased to “Top 20”, and viewers were allowed to “save” one semi-finalist to move into the finals through a “Save the Queen” vote held on the social media platform Twitter.
The expansion of the pageant’s length to three hours, combined with dribbling out the announcement of the Top 20 over the course of about an hour, was met with mixed reactions from viewers posting remarks on Twitter throughout the evening’s telecast. Among the more amusing was a prediction that “at this rate”, the public would have the crowning of Miss USA by next Christmas.
However, the change, which according to the pageant, was intended to “provide a never-before-seen look at the contestants in their home environments, making for a more personal glimpse of the women competing for the Miss USA title,” did succeed. Viewers commenting live on Twitter mentioned being moved by many of the contestants’ personal stories. An especially touching
account was shared by Valerie Gatto, Miss Pennsylvania USA, who explained that she is “the product of rape” who was born after her then 19-year-old mother was violently assaulted after leaving work. Gatto’s mother and grandparents comprised a loving, tight-knit family that raised the new baby girl. “Your circumstances,” said Valerie, “do not define your life.”
Miss Iowa USA, Carlyn Bradarich was rescued by viewers to move on into the finals during a new #SaveTheQueen contest on Twitter during the evening gown competition, where viewers could vote one of the Top 20 contestants into the finals.
The evening’s Miss Photogenic USA™ winner was Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze and Miss Rhode Island USA, Christina Palavra won honors from her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality USA™.
2014 Miss USA Pageant Top 20:
- Miss Alabama USA, Jesica Warren Ahlberg
- Miss Arizona USA, Jordan Alyssa Wessel
- Miss California USA, Cassandra Kunze
- Miss Florida USA, Brittany Oldehoff
- Miss Georgia USA, Tiana Griggs
- Miss Indiana USA, Mekayla Diehl
- Miss Iowa USA, Carlyn Bradarich
- Miss Louisiana USA, Brittany Guidry
- Miss Maryland USA, Taylor Burton
- Miss Minnesota USA, Haley O’Brien
- Miss Nebraska USA, Amanda Marie Soltero
- Miss Nevada USA, Nia Sanchez
- Miss New Jersey USA, Emily Shah
- Miss North Dakota USA, Audra Mari
- Miss Oklahoma USA, Brooklynne Young
- Miss Pennsylvania USA, Valerie Gatto
- Miss South Carolina USA, Christina Isabelle Zapolsk
- Miss Tennessee USA, Kristy Landers Niedenfuer
- Miss Virginia USA, Arielle Saige Rosmarino
- Miss Wisconsin USA, Bishara Dorre
2014 Miss USA Pageant Photos
North Dakota hugs the new queen.
- Giuliana Rancic of “E! News”
- Thomas Roberts, host of MSNBC’s morning news show “Way Too Early”
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