Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez crowned as 63rd Miss USA

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Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Newly crowned Miss USA Nia Sanchez is a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo and says women should be able to defend themselves as a way to battle the problem of campus rape.

The 24-year-old from Las Vegas says bringing awareness to the issue is very important.

Sanchez beat out 50 other contestants from all the states and the District of Columbia on Sunday night for the title of 63rd Miss USA. First runner-up was Miss North Dakota Audra Mari.

Sanchez will go on to represent the U.S. at the Miss Universe competition later this year.

Sanchez also said she was “so proud to bring the title of Miss USA back to Nevada.”