10 JUNE 2014 Baton Rouge – Beauty pageant all over the world is a famous event but still some part of the world is hesitated as per their religion, culture, tradition and international brands are out of their society. Its a game of promoting business and goodwill to the world and beauty is always judged upon their body, face and intelligent answers mostly been touted during their preparation classes for the peasant.
America got new Miss USA as the 24-year-old Nia Sanchez, from Las Vegas, Nevada, beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia Sunday night for the title of 63rd Miss USA.
Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez, a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taek-won-do, says women need to be able to defend themselves as a way to battle the problem of campus rape and that bringing awareness to the issue was very important.
The 24-year-old from Las Vegas, Nevada, beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia Sunday night for the title of 63rd Miss USA. First runner-up was Miss North Dakota Audra Mari. Sanchez will go on to represent the US at the Miss Universe competition later this year.
In a vibrant red floor-length fishtail gown, Miss Nevada answered judge Rumer Willis’ question about the high rate of sexual assaults on college campuses. Willis, the 25-year-old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, said 19 per cent of US undergraduate women are victims of sexual assault and asked Sanchez why she thinks this is being swept under the rug and what should be done about it.
Sanchez, who started taking taekwondo lessons at age 8 and is now a certified instructor, said women need to take it upon themselves to learn how to defend themselves.
Erin Brady, of Connecticut, the 2013 winner, gave up her crown to Sanchez after a three-hour telecast from the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana. Five other top runner-ups, judged on interviews, evening gowns and swimsuits were: home state beauty queen, Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry; Miss Georgia Tiana Griggs, Miss Florida Brittany Oldehoff and Miss Iowa Carlyn Bradarich. All the titles included USA after the state.
Bradarich got a second chance when the viewing audience gave her the most votes on Twitter in the pageant’s first-ever “Save the Queen” option.
Erin Brady, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut, the 2013 winner, gave up her crown to Sanchez after a three-hour telecast from the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana.
Other runner-ups, judged on interviews, evening gowns and swimsuits were: home state beauty queen, Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry; Miss Georgia Tiana Griggs, Miss Florida Brittany Oldehoff and Miss Iowa Carlyn Bradarich. All the titles included USA after the state.
The subject of sexual assault was also on the mind of Miss Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto. She made headlines this week when she said she was the product of rape. During a taped segment that aired when her name was called, Gatto said her mother was 19 when she was attacked leaving work in Pittsburgh and became pregnant.
Gatto said she is living proof “that your circumstances do not define your life.”
Contestants entered the stage on a glitzy float as Louisiana native singer-songwriter Marc Broussard sang the New Orleans hits “Iko Iko” and “Hey Pocky Way” to kick off the 2014 contest. The women introduced themselves while holding Mardi Gras masks in their hands as purple, green and gold confetti fell in the background.
The pageant also included musical acts by the country music duo Florida Georgia Line, rapper Nelly and Latin pop band Camila.
Celebrity judges walked a red carpet in evening gowns and tuxedos before the start of the show, posing for pictures and talking about the qualities they would be looking for in the beauty they crown the winner.
“It’s very important that she has confidence,” said Barbara Palacios, Miss Universe 1986 and a coach and judge for the new Telemundo reality show, “Miss Latina Universo.” ‘‘The right attitude and perseverance are also very important.”
“It’s all about the eyes,” said Lance Bass of the pop singing boy group NSYNC. “I just want to see a girl that is just really having a good time up there.”
Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe Organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant, also walked the red carpet.
Source: Associated Press