Nia Sanchez was conceived in Sacramento, California on February 15, 1990 to David Sanchez, a military veteran conceived in an army installation in Germany, and mother Nicole Sanford, who was conceived in an army installation in Iran. Her fatherly granddad, Wilbur Sanchez, is Mexican and her fatherly grandma is German, while her mom is of Spanish, and other European mixture. Her guardians separated when she was 6 and she quickly lived in a ladies' safe house with her mom. When she was eight she and her sibling (David, Jr.), moved to Menifee, California with their dad, and she went ahead to graduate from Paloma Valley High School in 2008.
On June 8, 2014, Nia Sanchez was named Miss USA 2014 and became the first titleholder representing Nevada to bring home the crown. After winning Miss USA, a controversy arose regarding her claimed Nevada residence. After competing in Miss California USA in 2010, 2011 and 2012, Sanchez reportedly created a paper trail to establish her eligibility to compete in Miss Nevada USA. Supposedly Sanchez had worked at Disneyland until November 2013 and had become Miss Nevada USA in January 2014, although competition rules state that Miss Nevada USA eligibility requires six months residency in the state.
On January 25, 2015, Sanchez was named 1st Runner-up to Miss Universe 2014.
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Sanchez is a fourth-degree black belt in taekwondo, which she began practicing when she was 8 years old. She also studied jazz and ballet for five years. At age 17, she visited Kenya, and after her high school graduation she spent time working as a nanny in Europe. She had visited 12 countries around the world before becoming Miss Nevada USA. She spends three months of the year serving on a mission in Mexico. She acted in the roles of various of Disney's princess characters at Hong Kong Disneyland where she worked for seven months in 2012.