Miss USA Fail: Winner Forgets Her Own State Capital

Published on June 18, 2014. Updated October 15, 2014

Miss USA Nia Sanchez represented her supposed home state of Nevada when she won the national crown — but she couldn’t even name her state’s capital!

In a radio interview with The Todd Show, the 24 year-old was asked to name Nevada’s capital (which, for the record, is Carson City) — and she drew a blank. Check out the video to see the awkward on-air moment!

Perhaps Nia was just a little nervous, or as one radio host suggested, maybe she hadn’t had her coffee yet that morning.

Some critics think that Nia isn’t truly a resident of Nevada, and that she only created a bare-bones paper trail of living there so that she’d be eligible to represent Nevada in the pageant rather than California, the state where she mostly grew up. (California is likely a more competitive place to be a beauty queen, since it’s so populous.)

Nia says that she has lived all sorts of places; she was born in Sacramento and lived between there and Washington before moving to Europe to be a nanny. During her travels, she traveled to the Middle East, Austria and Switzerland. She claims she’s lived in Nevada since 2012.

Maybe we shouldn’t be so hard on the full-time model when it comes to facts about Nevada — do you think her flub was a big deal?

Check it out and let us know:

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