Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez visits Maria Menounos‘ AfterBuzz TV, dishing details of her recent wedding to actor Daniel Booko and revealing what she really thinks about former boss, Donald Trump. Joining host Christy Olson for the network’s Spotlight On interview series, Nia talks about how an “aggressive” relationship and living in a women’s shelter inspired her to create Universal Confidence workshops with former Miss Australia USA, Tegan Martin. Here’s the full interview video…
The second Latina to ever win Miss USA, Nia is relieved to finally be able to speak out against former pageant owner, Donald Trump. “I had to be so politically correct when addressing it before but now I can just get it all out,” she exclaims, referring to the controversial comments he made regarding immigration, days before the beauty queen was to relinquish her crown. “The fact is that the comments were insulting,” she says, adding “Being Mexican and knowing that my family has worked very hard to be where they’re at, and my family is a family of immigrants.” When asked if her former boss has Nia’s vote in the upcoming presidential election, the emphatic response is, “No, no, no!”
One man who’s always on Nia’s side is new husband, Daniel Booko. The couple’s recent nuptials will be featured on the upcoming new season of Say Yes to the Dress. “The dress that I had always seen in my head but had never been able to find on a computer or in magazines, literally the exact dress they brought to me.” But it wasn’t all a dream come true. “There’s a point where something happened to my dress. We won’t say what happened,” she says coyly, but assures us that the crew “got it all on camera.”
Fans don’t usually get to see everything captured on camera. In this interview Nia also discusses a recent Instagram post where she addressed that exact issue. Referring to a side-by-side shot of her posing perfectly in a bikini next to a candid shot that is less flattering, Nia admits it was hard to post. “If I am going to preach to girls that you have to love your body no matter what, and I’m going to tell them that no matter what shape or size you are beautiful, then I need to walk the walk.”
Nia’s mission includes more than body image issues. She wants to teach girls around the world to maintain confidence during all hardships. “I lived in a women’s shelter when I was young, with my mom. I’ve been in a really aggressive relationship where thank goodness I had the strength to leave, but the last time I saw him he left an entire hand print bruise on my arm,” she bravely states, adding that she and best friend Tegan’s life experiences inspired them to create Universal Confidence workshops.
Check out the full interview above!