Nia Sanchez explains how she became Miss USA for Nevada

By Marcina Zaccaria,

Miss USA Nia Sanchez is explaining the controversy of how she became Miss USA for the state of Nevada.

In Sunday’s pageant, Sanchez represented Nevada when she beat out the other beauty queens to become Miss USA. Skeptics are asking, however, if Sanchez actually ever lived in Nevada.

Critics say that her residency was phoney, according to Daily Mail. Sanchez justified her eligibility for the crown even though she competed for Miss California in 2010, 2011, and 2012.

According to Fox News an insider said, “She never actually moved to Nevada, but continued to work at Disney and live in California, setting up some minimum paper trail to appear like she was in Nevada and allow her to compete. Shanna Moakler is the Nevada director, and she personally coached Nia on what she needed to do to qualify in Nevada and skirt around the need to be actually from there.”

Moakler understands the rules, as she was the Miss USA in 1995. She took the prestigious job of becoming the co-director for the Nevada pageant in 2011.

Sanchez defended her actions claiming her home is in Nevada and that she "wanted to go into it properly," according to Fox News.

She speaks candidly with Fox News in the one-on-one video below.

Image courtesy: Roger Wong/INFphoto.com

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