BATON ROUGE, La., June 9 (UPI) -- Nia Sanchez, a 24-year-old model from Nevada, was crowned Miss USA at a national pageant held Sunday in Baton Rouge, La.
Sanchez will go on to compete in the Miss Universe contest later this year.
Miss North Dakota, Audra Mari, was the runner-up for the Miss USA competition, which aired on NBC.
Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of E! News, and Thomas Roberts of MSNBC's Way Too Early served as hosts of the pageant.