Miss USA 2016: Meet the Latinas vying for the Miss USA crown

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Two Latinas are vying for the Miss USA 2016 crown and representing the states of California and Texas.

The Miss USA 2016 finals will be on Sunday, 5th of June. Out of 52 contestants vying for the crown are 2 latinas in the mix. Nadia Mejia of California and Daniella Rodriguez are all of Hispanic heitage. These two are born and raised in the US.

Let's get to know them.

Miss California, Nadia Grace Mejia

Miss California USA 2016 Nadia Mejia is representing California in the Miss USA 2016 beauty pageant. 

Nadia Grace Mejia is a 20-year-old full time model born and raised in California and currently lives in Huntington Beach. She has traveled the world for her modeling career and has worked for brands such as Nordstrom, Ulta, Reef, PacSun, JC Penny, Asos and many more. She is a worship leader at the Angelus Temple Dream Center in Los Angeles and sings for more than 3,000 people at four services a week. Nadia is a spokesperson for the National Eating Disorder Association, spreading the message to "Love the skin you're in" nationwide, sharing her own personal experience of suffering from Anorexia. Her main goal is to one day open up a Latin American-Mediterranean Fusion restaurant which will enable her to embrace her ethnicity of being Ecuadorean and Lebanese. Nadia's mother was a former Miss USA contestant in 1989 representing the state of West Virginia and her father was a one hit wonder in the 90's, also known as "Rico Suave."

Miss Texas, Daniella Rodriguez

Miss Texas USA 2016 Daniella Rodriguez is representing Texas in the Miss USA 2016 beauty pageant.
Daniella Rodriguez is majoring in Teaching at Texas A&M International University. After earning her bachelors degree, she intends to secure a masters degree in school counseling. Judging from her resume, however, Daniella’s talents could take her in a direction more in keeping with her love of the spotlight. With good reason, she considers acting to be her greatest talent. She began acting as a child, has attended acting camps, and has appeared in independent films for the University of Texas. So it is no surprise that her dream job is to become a successful actress. For now, Daniella’s daily life largely centers on her family. She works with her parents at their family-owned businesses. For recreation, they take trips to their ranch or to the lake, where she enjoys riding four wheelers and jet skiing. Daniella looks forward to one day being in the position to repay her parents for all the sacrifices they have made on her behalf.

The preliminary competition took place on Wednesday, June 1, 52 contestants competed in swimwear and evening gowns. 

The Miss USA 2016 will be hosted by Julianne Hough and Terrence Jenkins. Both will be joined by Ashley Graham from backstage that will have the inside scoop and all the drama from behind the scenes. Musical performances will be made possible by Chris Young and Backstreet Boys. Judges for the telecast are Ali Landry, Crystle Stewart, Joe Zee and Laura Brown. Miss USA 2016 will air live from Las Vegas starting at 7pm ET on the FOX network.

Source: Miss USA

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