Miss Nevada crowned Miss USA, can totally kick your butt

Jun 9, 2014 at 9:17 a.m. ET
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The 63rd Miss USA winner has been crowned, and it's Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez. And she's not just another pretty face. She's also a real tough cookie and a fourth-degree black belt.

Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez was crowned Miss USA 2014 on Sunday night following the three-hour competition held at the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana. There's no doubt the 24-year-old beauty is unbelievably thrilled with her win — after beating out 50 other stunning women — as she took the crown from the 2013 winner Erin Brady of South Glastonbury, Connecticut.

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And Sanchez is not just a pretty face; she's also a real tough cookie and a fourth-degree black belt in the Korean martial art of taekwondo. The 2014 Miss USA competition had some tough competition itself — with runners-up including Miss Georgia Tiana Griggs, Miss Iowa Carlyn Bradarich, Miss Florida Brittany Oldehoff, Miss Louisiana Brittany Guidry and first runner-up Miss North Dakota Audra Mari.

Apart from being stunningly beautiful, Sanchez proved she was a deserving winner of the title of Miss USA when she responded to judge Rumer Willis' question — daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore — about the sexual violence that exists on college campuses.

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"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," Sanchez said.

"But I think more awareness is very important so women can learn how to protect themselves," she continued. "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."

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The brunette beauty has become the 63rd Miss USA winner and will go on to represent the country at the Miss Universe competition later this year. Congratulations to Miss Sanchez!