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Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez fueled speculation that she is a beauty pageant carpetbagger when she could not name the capital of her (supposed) home state.

The former Miss Nevada was on the morning radio program The Todd Show Monday when the show’s host asked her to name the capital of the Silver State.

“Oh oh ahhh, ummm, oh my gosh,” she stammered before being rescued by the show’s host, who gave her the admittedly tricky answer, “Carson City.”

“Thank you, I was gonna say that, I was like, that one DJ host on MTV, back in the day, his name, that’s how I always remembered it,” she said.

Carson Daly could not be reached for comment as of press time.

Nia Sanchez, 25, met the residency requirements in order to compete for the Miss Nevada crown, although it's unclear how long she's lived there.

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Nia Sanchez may have taken the Miss USA 2014 crown, but she's still under fire from some feminists thanks to an answer she gave Sunday night.

Asked what she would do to combat the epidemic of sexual assault against young women, Nia Sanchez suggested women "learn to protect themselves."

Some critics felt this implied that women are responsible for preventing violence against them, but Nia later defended her controversial answer thusly:

"We have 30 seconds to answer a question," she said. "I feel like all you can do up on that stage on national television is answer the best you personally know."

"I answered with something that I know. I always believe in women's empowerment and encouragement and for me, in my life, that's self defense."

"Maybe for somebody else it's a Taser or something else," said the fourth-degree tae kwon do black belt, "but that's the way I could relate to it personally."

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Nia Sanchez was crowned Miss USA 2014 over the weekend.

But the 24-year old Las Vegas resident was handed a true honor last night, presenting the Top Ten list on The Late Show with David Letterman.

What are some of the most comment Miss USA Pageant Mistakes, according to that program's writers?

HINT: they involve hoof injuries, gang activities and Vladimir Putin.

Sanchez, meanwhile, wasn't the only Miss USA contestant to earn headlines this week.

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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.

During an appearance on the Today show, Sanchez, the former Miss Nevada who took the Miss USA title, had only had nice things to say about Diehl.

And the Winner is?

Mekayla Diehl or Nia Sanchez? Whose bikini body was more banging at the Miss USA 2014 competition? View Poll »

"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!"

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Nia Sanchez, who was crowned Miss USA 2014 Sunday night, doesn't just have the coveted beauty pageant tiara and a great career ahead of her.

She's got a supportive, loving boyfriend in actor Daniel Booko.

Daniel Booko, Nia Sanchez

The 24-year-old stunner gushed about the love of her life at a press conference after her big win, revealing that they've been together for over a year.

Booko, who has appeared in The Hunger Games, X-Men: First Class and Pretty Little Liars, among other film and TV credits, could not be happier:

"I can't believe!! I love and am so proud of u baby!!! it's gonna gonna be an amazing year!!!! #missusa2014 #teamnia #proudboyfriend," he wrote.

The couple certainly looks totes adorable in the photo above.

Booko is pals with none other than Evan Ross, Ashlee Simpson's fiance. Ross wrote to her: "Congrats!! @missnvusa2014 so excited for you. You won!!!!"

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Miss USA 2014 has been crowned.

Nia Sanchez of Nevada took home this title last night, defeating 50 contestants after receiving applause for speaking out on the dangerous issue of college campus rape.

What can we expect from Sanchez's reign?

It's too soon to know for certain, but let's take a look at some fun facts about the 24-year old beauty...

Nia Sanchez: Miss USA!
Nia Sanchez is your new Miss USA for 2014. Congratulations Nia on a job well done.

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Nia Sanchez is your Miss USA 2014 winner. The 24-year-old former Miss Nevada, a black belt in taekwondo, bested 50 other young women for the crown.

After her win, Sanchez will go on from the 63rd Miss USA to represent the United States of America at the Miss Universe competition later this year.

2013 champion Erin Brady, of South Glastonbury, Connecticut gave up her crown after a three-hour telecast from the Baton Rouge Civic Center in Louisiana.

At the pageant, Sanchez said women need to be able to defend themselves as a way to battle the problem of campus rape, an issue that also requires awareness.

In a beautiful, red floor-length fishtail gown, Miss Nevada answered judge Rumer Willis' question about the high rate of sexual assaults on college campuses.

Willis asked Sanchez why she thinks the issue is swept under the rug and what should be done about it. The black belt said self defense is paramount.

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