Nia Sanchez is 24 years old, born and raised in Sacramento until age 7! From there, her love of travel began, moving between California and Washington. After high school, she moved to Europe to be a nanny. Not one to stay still for too long, Nia traveled to the Middle East, Austria, and Switzerland! Nia is half Hispanic, which is why she loved having the opportunity to travel to Mexico while on mission trips!
In 2009, she saw a close friend take the title of Miss USA and decided to get into pageantry. She has competed both domestically and internationally with great success! Nia has worked as a full-time model for the past 7 years and was chosen out of thousands of applicants to be a face character for Hong Kong Disney! After visiting Thailand and the Great Wall Of China, Nia made the bright lights of Las Vegas her home! She is modeling full-time and enjoying her reign as Miss Nevada USA 2014!
Interviewing Nia was a breath of fresh air, she is wise beyond her age and has a gentle heart. She is confident, humble and keeps kindness at the centre of her values. Nia wears the crown with integrity and is setting a great example on what it takes to be a good role model. Here’s an inside scoop on love, life and the things that matter with Miss USA Nia Sanchez.
Photo Creds: The Amazing Miss Universe/Photographer Fadil Berisha
(Also personal photo creds: Miss USA and Nia’s Instagram)
BB411~ What inspired you to compete in the Miss USA Competition, what has been the fondest memory so far?
NS~ I was flipping through channels in 2009 and ended up watching the Miss USA competition. While watching, I impulsively picked up the phone and called a recruiter. It was very spontaneous that I even decided to compete! My fondest memory so far has been visiting the children’s hospital in Reno, Nevada and seeing the smiles on the children’s faces. It was very impactful and powerful to see all of these strong kids continuing to smile despite what they’re going through.
BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish with your title as Miss USA and what do you want to be remembered for?
NS~ I Hope that I can inspire and empower young girls and women across the USA. I hope that I can be remembered for more than just my title, but also being a positive and uplifting woman for others.
BB411~ You model full-time, how did that come to be and what do you love most about modelling?
NS~ I fell into modeling through pageants. I just loved being in front of the camera, meeting all types of people and learning different kinds of job roles
BB411~ Tell us about becoming a “face character” for Hong Kong Disney?
NS~ Being a face character was one of the best experiences in my life, besides being Miss USA of course. I had so much fun brightening people’s days and bringing smiles to families, living in a foreign country and experiencing their culture.
BB411~ How did your parents influence the person you are today?
NS~ My parents have two very different personalities and I feel that those two personalities gave me a good balance in my life. My dad is strict and my mom is more free-spirited and that helped me become a very centered individual. I feel like I look at the world from a broadened perspective because of them.
BB411~ You are quite the world traveler, where did the travel bug come from?
NS~ My first international trip was at the age of 10 when I went to Germany with my grandmother and brother. Ever since then I’ve loved traveling the world! At 17 I went to Africa and from then have been to 12 different countries! I just can’t get enough!
BB411~ What has been your favorite place to travel, and what place have you not been that is on your bucket list?
NS~ So many! It’s so hard to decide, there are just so many different places! Number one, besides New York, is Hong Kong. I just had such an amazing experience there that it made it one of the best places I have ever visited. Next, I’d love to go to Japan!
BB411~ Did you experience bullying growing up? What advice do you have for other kids going through the same situation?
NS~ I did experience bullying in middle school and high school. At the time it certainly affected me and I ended up telling my parents about it. My best advice would be what I did at the time, I kept myself surrounded with my really good friends who were so supportive and lifted me up. No matter what, your good friends will always be there for you. Keeping that in mind it helps to tune-out negativity.
BB411~ How do you stay healthy and fit?
NS~ I love to have a variety of workouts to stay fit. For example, this month I’m signing up for hot yoga, Taekwondo, and a spinning class on top of having a personal trainer.
BB411~ Top 3 artists on your playlist?
NS~ I love listening to Shakira, Beyonce and Michael Jackson while at the gym!
BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?
NS~ No! It has never been something that I’ve really focused on in my life, especially fashion, but I do enjoy it. I feel that I’m learning so much during my year as Miss USA!
BB411~ Describe your style?
NS~ I would describe the way I dress as being classic and chic.
BB411~ Key 3 pieces every woman should have in her wardrobe?
NS~ I would say a fitted blazer, a pair of nude paten pumps and a little black dress. Oh, and one more thing… a good bra!
BB411~ Stilettos, Flip Flops or bare feet?
NS~ Flip flops! But if you would have asked me in middle school, bare feet all-day everyday.
BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?
NS~ Beauty, to me, has always meant having a beautiful heart and having your beauty come from the inside out. Beauty is about focusing on who you are as a person not what you look like, or how you think you look.
BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?
NS~ My faith has inspired me throughout my entire life both personally and professionally. I just hope to live a good life and be a good example to others. I think my faith has helped me get to where I’m at today.
BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?
NS~ The most important thing about being a good role model is having integrity. I really learned the value of integrity when I was little through Taekwondo. I think you should do the right thing even when no one’s around, which makes for a great foundation for any role model to start from. Integrity is key.
BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?
NS~ I’ve never been asked this before, so it’s interesting. I would tell my younger self to not worry what others think about you and be confident in who you are. I felt I really became myself when I realized that people’s negative opinions of you don’t define you. They don’t know your heart.
BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?
NS~ Yes! The Shade Tree is a charity that is so close to my heart, it’s a women’s shelter. I lived in a women’s shelter when I was young with my mother so I have a personal connection when it comes to giving back to these places. I was also in a very aggressive relationship in my past, which helps me to relate to the women there. I hope to always give back to them in any way possible.
BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?
NS~ Giving back, for me, is more than just donating money. Although it’s helpful, sometimes people need more than help financially. Giving back also means giving my time to volunteer or simply by being there to have a conversation.
BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?
NS~ Generous, Kind and Positive!
BB411~ What is your skin care regime?
NS~ I use Image Skin Care! I wash my face every morning and night, I make sure to moisturize and use sun block every single day.
BB411~ What are your go to hair products?
NS~ I use CHI products daily! I also LOVE dry shampoo for when I’m on the go, since I’m always traveling!
BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?
NS~ Chapstick, compact powder and eye liner!
BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?
NS~ Sun block!
BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood?
NS~ Cucumber melon body mist! I used to think it was the best scent in the whole wide world when I was growing up. I probably wore it from 3rd grade to 9th grade.
BB411~ What is your favorite fragrance?
NS~ My current favorite is Vey Sexy by Victoria’s Secret.
BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?
NS~ Yes, my grandmother taught me at an early age to always moisturize, especially my face and gave me anti-aging lotions at the age of 15 so I could start early!
BB411~ Got to love Grandma’s! Mine did the same.
BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?
NS~ That’s hard, I’m so open! I’m a 4th degree black belt in Tawkwondo and I’m a certified instructor!
BB411~ Favorite quote?
NS~ “Take the time to find the joy in every moment.” –Nia Sanchez
BB411~ Favorite food?
NS~ Anything Mexican! Especially enchiladas!
BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?
NS~ Traveling to Japan!!!!!
BB411~ Describe your perfect day (when you have down time)?
NS~ Since I’m living in New York, my perfect day, when I have downtime, is relaxing in Central Park and taking in the beauty of the nature there.
BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?
NS~ When I realized that I had no one else to please in life, but myself. I didn’t need anyone else’s approval to be happy. I just had to be who I am!
BB411~ You are newly engaged, what do you love most about your fiancé Daniel Booko?
NS~ Gosh, where do I begin?! I love his faith and that he is such an inspirational person, not only to me, but also to everyone he comes in contact with. He inspires me.
BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs (young girls) starting out that are following their dreams?
NS~ My advice would be to never give up and to always take business cards of anyone they meet. You never know in the future who you might want to contact!
BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?
NS~ In one year, I hope to be finishing up my year as Miss Universe, or working internationally as a television host, perhaps for a travel show. In five years, I hope to be settling into family life and will hopefully have had my first child! In 10 years, I see myself having a happy, healthy relationship and raising my children while still pursuing my dreams in the workforce.
BB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?
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