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Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA

Sanchez will go on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant later this year.

By Karen Butler
Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA
Nia Sanchez, Miss Nevada reacts after being crowned Miss USA during the 2014 Miss USA competition, telecast live on NBC at the Baton Rouge River Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014. UPI/Greg Harbough/HO | License Photo

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.

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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.

Among the judges of the 2014 Miss USA contest were Ian Ziering, Lance Bass, Rumer Willis and Randy Couture.

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