Miss USA 2014
Nia Sanchez 2010.jpg
Nia Sanchez, Miss USA 2014
DateJune 8, 2014
VenueRaising Cane's River Center Arena, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
WinnerNia Sanchez
CongenialityChristina Palavra
 Rhode Island
PhotogenicCassandra Kunze
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Miss USA 2014 was the 63rd Miss USA pageant, held at the Raising Cane's River Center Arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana on June 8, 2014. All fifty states and the District of Columbia competed. The preliminary competition was not webcast live for the first time in five years,[2] but excerpts were distributed post-competition via website Hulu. The final night of competition was televised on NBC.

Erin Brady of Connecticut, crowned her successor Nia Sanchez of Nevada. This was Nevada's first Miss USA title.[3] Sanchez represented the United States on home soil at Miss Universe 2014 and finished 1st Runner-Up.

The date and venue was revealed by Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe Organization, and Brady on March 13, 2014, during Today.[4] However, it was reported that the delegates will be staying at the L'Auberge Casino and Hotel in Baton Rouge ahead of this announcement.[5]

For the first time, the final telecast was three hours long, with the additional hour including a look at the top 20 (rather than 15) in their home states. The top 20 competed in swimsuits, then eliminated by the judges to a top ten. The top ten competed in evening gown, then judges eliminated to a final five, along with a sixth finalist selected from the remaining contestants in the top ten via a Twitter fan vote (texting #SAVETHEQUEEN).

This was the last Miss USA to be aired on NBC.


Raising Cane's River Center Arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the host venue of the Miss USA competition, making this the first time Louisiana has hosted the event since 1998.
Raising Cane's River Center Arena in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the host venue of the Miss USA competition, making this the first time Louisiana has hosted the event since 1998.

Selection of contestants

One delegate from each state and the District of Columbia was chosen in state pageants held which began in July 2013 and ended in January 2014. The first state pageant was Florida, held on July 13, 2013 as scheduled. The final pageant was New Hampshire, held on January 23, 2014.

Twelve delegates are former Miss Teen USA state winners, surpassing the previous number of eleven former teens in Miss USA 2007, while two are former Miss America's Outstanding Teen state winners.

Preliminary round

Prior to the final telecast, the delegates competed in the preliminary competition, which involves private interviews with the judges and a presentation show where they compete in swimsuit and evening gown. The preliminary competition took place on June 6, 2014.


During the final competition, the top twenty competed in swimsuit and evening gown, and the top five competed in the final question signed up by a panel of judges.



The state map results of Miss USA 2014, colors shaded in each state
The state map results of Miss USA 2014, colors shaded in each state
Final Results Contestant
Miss USA 2014
1st Runner-Up
2nd Runner-Up
3rd Runner-Up
4th Runner-Up
5th Runner-Up
  • Iowa Iowa – Carlyn Bradarich §
Top 10
Top 20

§ Voted into Top 6 after the evening gown competition via Twitter

Special awards

Award Contestant
Miss Congeniality
Miss Photogenic

Order of announcements


51 contestants were confirmed. The information from Miss USA Official website[6]

State Contestant Hometown Age[a] Height Placement Notes
Alabama Alabama Jesica Warren Ahlberg Birmingham 24 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m) Top 20
Alaska Alaska Kendall Bautista Eagle River 21 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Later Miss Alaska 2016
Arizona Arizona Jordan Wessel Phoenix 20 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Top 20
Arkansas Arkansas Helen Wisner Fayetteville 25 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
California California Cassandra Kunze San Diego 20 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Top 10 Miss Photogenic
Colorado Colorado Eleanna Livaditis Centennial 25 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Connecticut Connecticut Desirée Pérez Stamford 26 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Delaware Delaware Kelsey Miller Wilmington 23 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Previously Miss Delaware Teen USA 2009
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia Ciera Nicole Butts Washington, D.C. 23 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Winner of Last Squad Standing
Florida Florida Brittany Oldehoff Fort Lauderdale 25 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) 4th Runner-Up Model season 7 of Project Runway
Contestant on The Amazing Race 28 with her teammate Jessica Versteeg
Georgia (U.S. state) Georgia Tiana Griggs Monticello 27 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 2nd Runner Up
Hawaii Hawaii Moani Hara Honolulu 24 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Previously Miss Hawaii's Outstanding Teen 2007
Idaho Idaho Yvette Bennett Boise 23 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Illinois Illinois Lexi Atkins Champaign 21 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Previously Miss Illinois Teen USA 2010
Indiana Indiana Mekayla Diehl Bristol 25 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Top 20 Later Mrs. America 2018
Iowa Iowa Carlyn Bradarich Iowa City 23 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 5th Runner-Up Sister of Ashlyn Bradarich, Miss Illinois USA 2010
Later Miss Illinois World 2015
Kansas Kansas Audrey Banach Kansas City 22 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Kentucky Kentucky Destin Kincer Whitesburg 21 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Louisiana Louisiana Brittany Guidry Houma 21 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 3rd Runner-Up Previously Miss Louisiana Teen USA 2009
Maine Maine Samantha Dahlborg Gorham 20 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Maryland Maryland Taylor Burton La Plata 25 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Top 10
Massachusetts Massachusetts Caroline Lunny Holliston 23 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Previously Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2008
Contestant on season 22 of The Bachelor (US)
Contestant of season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise (US)
Contestatnt of season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise Australia
Michigan Michigan Elizabeth Ivezaj Macomb 24 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Minnesota Minnesota Haley O'Brien Excelsior 21 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Top 20 Previously Miss Minnesota Teen USA 2010
Mississippi Mississippi Chelsea Reardon Southaven 23 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Missouri Missouri Erica Sturdefant Springfield 23 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) Previously Miss Missouri Teen USA 2010
Montana Montana Kadie Latimer Kalispell 23 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nebraska Nebraska Amanda Soltero Columbus 22 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Top 20 Previously Miss Nebraska Teen USA 2010
Nevada Nevada Nia Sanchez Las Vegas 24 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Miss USA 2014
New Hampshire New Hampshire Bridget Brunet South Hampton 26 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
New Jersey New Jersey Emily Shah Edison 19 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Top 20
New Mexico New Mexico Kamryn Blackwood Farmington 22 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
New York (state) New York Candace Kendall Rochester 25 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Previously Miss New York Teen USA 2006
North Carolina North Carolina Olivia Olvera Fayetteville 26 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)
North Dakota North Dakota Audra Mari Fargo 20 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) 1st Runner-Up Previously Miss North Dakota Teen USA 2011
Later Miss World America 2016
Ohio Ohio Madison Gesiotto Massillon 22 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
Oklahoma Oklahoma Brooklynne Young Norman 19 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Top 20
Oregon Oregon Emma Pelett Portland 25 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Valerie Gatto Pittsburgh 24 5 ft 5 in (1.65 m) Top 20
Rhode Island Rhode Island Christina Palavra Providence 19 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m) Miss Congeniality
South Carolina South Carolina Christina Zapolski Charleston 22 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) Top 10 Reality contestant of Hunted
South Dakota South Dakota Brittney Palmer Brookings 25 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Tennessee Tennessee Kristy Landers Niedenfuer Nashville 22 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Top 20 Later Miss Louisiana World 2015
Texas Texas Lauren Guzman Laredo 24 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Previously Miss Texas Teen USA 2008
Utah Utah Angelia Layton Salt Lake City 22 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) Previously Miss Utah Teen USA 2010
Contestant on Survivor: Philippines
Vermont Vermont Gina Bernasconi Colchester 19 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Virginia Virginia Arielle Rosmarino Salem 22 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m) Top 20 Later Miss Virginia World 2015
Washington (state) Washington Allyson Rowe Spokane 25 5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)
West Virginia West Virginia Charisse Haislop Parkersburg 24 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Wisconsin Wisconsin Bishara Dorre Milwaukee 24 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) Top 10 Previously Miss Wisconsin Teen USA 2006
Previously Miss Wisconsin's Outstanding Teen 2007
Wyoming Wyoming Lexi Hill Gillette 20 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m)


Preliminary judges:[7]

Telecast Judges:[7]

Background music

Historical significance

International broadcasters



  1. ^ Ages at the time of the pageant


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  4. ^ @MissUSA (March 11, 2014). "Any guesses where we are heading?! @realDonaldTrump and I will announce the location of #MissUSA on @thetodayshow this Thursday! Tune in!" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
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  6. ^ "Miss USA : Members". Missuniverse.com. Retrieved 2013-05-22.
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