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Miss USA On-Air Gaffe Stirs More Questions Over Residency


It wouldn’t be a Donald Trump beauty pageant if their weren’t controversy.

It’s only been a week since Vegas’s own (That’s still up for debate…) Nia Sanchez had the Miss USA crown placed gingerly on her perfectly curled coif, but loose-lipped informants on the pageant scene are already buzzing about whether or not the former nanny, 24, should have been in contention in the first place.

It all started when FOX News (It’s always the conservatives, isn’t it?) published a report claiming Sanchez faked Nevada residency for an easier road to the Miss USA crown. FOX snoops alleged Nia, an avid traveler, was not a resident of Nevada when won the state’s beauty pageant earlier this year. In fact, FOX claimed, the stunning brunette was employed as a character actor at Disneyland in Anaheim and had unsuccessfully competed for the coveted Miss California title three times between 2010 and 2012, before eventually entering the Miss Nevada pageant.

Nia countered the residency scam accusation with the argument that she has lived in Nevada since the fall of 2012. The Miss Universe Organization has also stepped forward to defend Sanchez’s crowning.

But Sanchez’s bid to sale that story got a bit tougher when she couldn’t even name the capital of the Silver State during an interview with a New York City radio station on Monday. Sanchez snapped her fingers and muttered as she failed to spit out Carson City. The gaffe only added to the speculation that Nia didn’t meet the six month residency requirement necessary to become Miss Nevada; and was therefore ineligible to represent that state in the Miss USA pageant.


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