According to the Hollywood Gossip, She may not have won the title of Miss USA 2014 Sunday night, but Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl can add Nia Sanchez to her growing list of fans.
Mekayla didn’t win the tiara, but she won the Internet, as her “real” bikini body became the most discussed social media hot topic after the pageant. The 25-year-old tells ET that despite being eliminated from the competition because her swimsuit scores weren’t high enough, “Having such a positive feedback on my body, [it feels like a win] in itself.”
Many on social media applauded Diehl for her refreshingly healthy look, as opposed to looking like what some termed a “twig” during the competition. Surprisingly, she is actually 25 pounds heavier than the average Miss USA contestant. At 5’8″, she weighs 137 pounds and wears a size 4 dress.
During an appearance on the Today show, Nia Sanchez, the former Miss Nevada who took the Miss USA title, had only had nice things to say about Diehl.
“I feel like this year we really had a healthy class of girls,” Nia said.
“That’s what the [Miss USA] pageant is about to me … not being skinny and having the clothes fall off your bones but being fit, healthy and active.”
“Mekayla is definitely that.”
“We were at the gym working out together. She told me how she does different sports. We all do. Someone else did hockey and we had girls who were wrestlers.”
“It’s an active year!”
Host AJ Calloway (R) interviews Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez during her visit to ‘Extra’ at their New York studios at H&M in Times Square on June 11, 2014 in New York City.
Nia Sanchez – Celebrities outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for their taping on the Late Show with David Letterman – New York City, New York, United States – Wednesday 11th June 2014.