Indeed, Nia Sanchez was born in Sacramento, California on February 16, 1990. Her parents divorced when she was six years old and during that transition she briefly lived in Shade Tree, a Las Vegas women's shelter, with her mother. When she was seven years old, she and her family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. When she was eight she and her brother (David, Jr.), moved back to Menifee, California with their father, and she went on to graduate from Paloma Valley High School in 2008
Whether she is a resident of California or Nevada, Sanchez's new home is New York City, where INSIDE EDITION caught up with her on a sightseeing tour.
INSIDE EDITION's Megan Alexander asked Sanchez why she chose to compete in Nevada.
"I was working a lot in Nevada and I was like well I still love pageants and I need to compete somewhere, and if I'm living here I should compete here," explained Sanchez.
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Sanchez also said the competition in Nevada is just as challenging as it is in California.
"Nevada was such a tough competition this year," said Sanchez. "We had 50 girls and they were all ready for the crown. So it was a good competition."
Sanchez seemed unphased by the controversy, but it may not have helped her case when she failed a pop quiz on a Monday morning radio show. Pageant officials say Sanchez met all the residency requirements, and she will be a great Miss USA.
INSIDE EDITION was also with Sanchez when she settled into her bachelorette pad. She gave us a grand tour of her new place.
The 24-year-old beauty is also a fourth degree black belt in tae kwon do, so she knows a thing or two about fighting back. And now she's certainly fighting the claims that she gamed the system to become Miss USA.
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