Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada was crowned as Miss USA 2014 on Sunday night in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Erin Brady, of Connecticut, Miss USA 2013 winner, gave up her crown to Sanchez after the three-hour show from the Baton Rouge Civic Center.
Veteran pageant host Giuliana Rancic and MSNBC news anchor Thomas Roberts introduced the 51 contestants before the judges voted them down to 20 semi-finalists to compete in the swimsuit, evening gown and lastly, the interview competition.
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.
The 62-year-old Miss USA pageant got brought into the modern times with social media. This year viewers voted to keep one of their favorite contestants in the top six by tweeting the hashtag #SaveTheQueen and a mystery word, revealed during the broadcast.
The top six were: Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry; Miss Georgia Tiana Griggs, Miss Florida Brittany Oldehoff and Miss Iowa Carlyn Bradarich.
Fifth runner-up Miss Iowa won the #SaveTheQueen Twitter votes to get a spot in the top six finalists, but drew critizim from Twitter after answering a question about technology saying sending selfies and photos on social media makes today’s youth “narcissistic.”
The question came from judge Melissa Peterman about whether she would agree that, as a recent New York Times story suggested, “narcissism is an epidemic” and America’s youth today are turning into a “hyper-entitled, self-absorbed generation.”
Miss Iowa’s response: “I actually do agree with that. I think social media and technology has allowed the youth to post pictures of themselves and videos of themselves. That kinda, to me, seems narcissistic.”
Dani tweeted, “#MissIowa said we’re a narcissistic generation because of social media but she’s only on the top 6 because of social media #SituationalIrony”
Twitter was also exploding with applause about Miss Indiana, Mekayla Diehl who had a real normal looking body.
“I love how Miss Indiana isn’t crazy skinny,” Katie Plowman tweeted.
In the end, the 24-year-old from Las Vegas with a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo, Nia Sanchez beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia on Sunday night for the title of Miss USA 2014. First runner-up was Miss North Dakota Audra Mari.
Sanchez will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.
Miss Nevada USA 2014
Miss Nevada is crowned Miss USA 2014
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