Nia Sanchez: Miss USA 2014 Is A Butt-Kicking Black Belt

Nevada’s Nia Sanchez was crowned Miss USA 2014 on Sunday night, taking over for 2013 winner Erin Brady. Sanchez was born in Sacramento, California, but moved to Las Vegas, Nevada when she was seven years old.

In addition to her new title as Miss USA, Sanchez is a fourth degree black belt in Taekwondo and an advocate of self defense among women. The 24-year-old’s final question from judge Rumor Willis centered around the lack of sexual assault reporting among females on college campuses. Sanchez responded that it’s important for women to learn how to protect themselves.

She will now represent the USA in the Miss Universe 2014 pageant.

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