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Nevada’s first Miss USA, Nia Sanchez, is a queen who can kick your ass

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2014 Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned 2014 Miss USA by 2013 Miss USA Erin Brady of Connecticut at the 2014 Miss USA Pageant at Baton Rouge River Center on Sunday, June 8, 2014, in Baton Rouge, La.
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The Weekly first met Nia Sanchez back in January, about a week into her reign as Miss Nevada, when the pageant queen was still taking it all in and learning how to pin on her crown.

2014 Miss USA Nia Sanchez of Nevada

Last night as the Miss USA pageant ticked down its final minutes from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, there was Sanchez, dressed in a stunning red gown, clutching hands with Miss North Dakota, as both women waited to hear who would be named the 2014 winner. And then we heard it: "Nevada." For the first time in the Miss USA pageant's 62-year history, the Silver State had taken the top spot, and Sanchez is certainly our kind of queen: a tae kwon do black belt who volunteers with the women and kids at Shade Tree shelter, did a stint at Hong Kong Disney and isn't afraid to talk about getting her whole face threaded or the wonders of butt glue.

Click here to read our full interview with the lovely Nia. Ahem, Miss USA.

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