Nia Sanchez: Mekayla Diehl is My HERO!

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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.

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"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!"

Speaking of active, Nia Sanchez earned a black belt in tae kwon do after training for 12 years straight, so she's no slouch when it comes to athletics.

The 24-year-old, who's dating actor Daniel Booko, takes over for Erin Brady, the beautiful Miss USA 2013 and former Miss Connecticut.

She plans to make self defense, female empowerment and martial arts some of the focal points of her yearlong reign as the Miss USA title-holder.

As for Mekayla Diehl, she Tweeted, "So cool I worked hard on my body without obsessing over being too skinny and I couldn't be more proud."

Both have a lot to be proud of, without question.

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