Questions Surface About Where Miss U.S.A. Really Lives

Beauty pageant winner plunged into the center of a controversy soon after taking the crown.
2:20 | 06/14/14

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She hasn't even been wearing the crown for a week. But the new miss usa is already generating quite a bit of controversy. Raising some eyebrows this morning over the path some claim she took to get to the top. But she says she played by the rules. And Rachel smith is here with more. Hi, Rachel. That's right, Dan and Rebecca. She has experienced two controversies in the very short time since she captured the title of miss usa. And the latest, questions the state she called home before winning the home. Is Nevada or California? Nevada. Reporter: This morning, miss usa, Nia Sanchez, just seven daday days into her reign, is facing questions about eligibility. Critics say she moved to Nevada for easier competition, after three consecutive failed attempts to win the golden state crown. Riverside county. Reporter: The network claims that Sanchez was living in California throughout 2013, when she captured the title of miss Nevada, usa, earning the spot in the national competition last Sunday night. The miss universe and miss Nevada, usa, organization, tell ABC news, they stand by their winner. Writing in a statement, there's no reason to question her residency. Sanchez also released a statement to ABC news, saying, nothing could have been more thrilling for me than to have won the miss usa title. I have lived in Nevada since the fall of 2012. It was an honor for me to represent the state as miss usa. This is Sanchez's second brush of controversy as miss usa. After suggesting self-defense for women to combat sexual assault on college campuses during the pageant. You need to be confident and be able to defend yourself. That's something we need to implement for a lot of women. Reporter: Sanchez faced a wave of criticism online for that answer. And some accusing her of blaming the victims. Guys, pageant officials say, she met eligibility requirements to compete as miss Nevada. And she will compete as miss universe. Got 51 more weeks of her reign. Exactly. Hopefully it will be a little tamer.

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