Miss USA

Nia Sanchez’s Residency Controversy: Much Ado About Nothing!

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TGPC had early on recognized the potential in Nia and placed her among the early favorites. She was at a high position in our final hot-picks too.

This month itself the gorgeous Nia Sanchez of Nevada won the prestigious Miss USA title.  She impressed the audiences, not only in the evening gown and swimsuit rounds, but also during the final round.  She opined in the final round, that girls can learn how to protect themselves, citing her own success in martial arts.  Victory of Nia was well-received initally by pageant-fans because she is very attractive and well-spoken.

However, there is always a group of people who are not okay with how things happen.  First allegation she faced was that she does not belong to Nevada.  She had tried in the Miss California pageant before and failed to win.  Then she moved to Nevada and won. Some even claimed that she never moved to Nevada, but just set-up a phoney residence in the state while she worked in California. It is said that Nia’s friendship with Miss Nevada director Shanna Moakler helped her win the state title.  If this was not enough, there were articles on the internet about how Nia could not name the capital of Nevada in a radio quiz.

Nia gracefully responded to the allegations saying that she lived in Nevada for 18 months before competing.  She wanted to compete in 2013, but then it was just 6 months and she din’t want any controversy.  She claimed to have been working as a model in the state and clarified that she came to know Shanna as a person only after she won the state pageant.  She further added that she has lived in many places like Germany, Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and now that she has won Miss USA, she will be living in New York.  She feels proud that she represented Nevada and is now representing the whole country.

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Shanna Moakler was first runner-up at Miss USA 1995 and then took over as the new Miss USA when Chelsea Smith won Miss Universe title. She is the pageant director of Miss Nevada and is considered to be a dear friend of Nia.

Miss Universe Organization backed her saying that she possesses Nevada’s driver license dated January 2013 and that is an year before she won the state pageant.  They are excited to have her on board.

While such drama commonly ensues many such events and are often well-received by the organizers due to the publicity they bring, we really feel this thing stretched way too much!  What difference does it make whether she was from Nevada or not?  She won the national pageant and she belongs to the country.  She is a wonderful, talented and bright girl and in fact she has all that it takes to make a brilliant Miss USA.  She can even bring back the Miss Universe crown back to the country.  There is a lot that can be appreciated about the win.  Why flame the glares of this unnecessary controversy when there is so much that is going in favor of the country?

As much we love the first runner-up Audra Mari, we have to say that Nia perhaps did perform better in the finals and deserved the crown.  Why not cherish the culmination of dreams of a girl rather than acting bitter?  There are a number of countries which do not have the “state” concept.  For instance, India does not have girls representing the states.  While such concept may add some fun, it should be remembered that the country is always bigger and as long as the best girl wins and gets the chance to represent the country at the international level, why create so much of a fuzz?

Anyways, it seems things have eased for Nia and she will for sure be competing at Miss Universe.  USA has a “solid” girl this year, hope she does well!

Femina Miss India is more than 50 years old pageant and yet there has been no "state" concept, and hence no such controversy till date.  Girls from different corners of the country get equal opportunities, although girls from the metropolitan cities as expected are in greater numbers.

Femina Miss India is more than 50 years old pageant and yet there has been no “state” concept, and hence no such controversy till date. Girls from different corners of the country get equal opportunities, although girls from the metropolitan cities as expected are in greater numbers.

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