Nana Meriweather is officially crowned as the new Miss USA

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Donald Trump and Olivia Culpo officially crowned the new Miss USA Wednesday in New York City. (Nana was first runner-up in the pageant, but took over that title after 2012 Miss USA Olivia Culpo won the Miss Universe Crown last December.)

“They’re brilliant, they’re really into charity and the world of charity, and they’re phenomenal people,” he said. “They’re very solid. In many cases, they went to the best colleges. In the case of Nana, she was a great athlete—a volleyball player [at UCLA]” said Trump about his new titleholder.  Miss Teen USA Logan West was also present at the ceremony.

27-year old Nana became the 2nd Miss USA titleholder from Maryland (the other being Leona Gage in 1957, who was later dethroned).  Nana will take over Culpo’s old job and will serve as spokesperson for  Breast and Ovarian Cancer Research and Awareness.

Trump also announced that Miss USA 2013 will be chosen in June.

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