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Video: New Miss USA, Miss Universe are roommates

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updated 1/9/2013 5:00:05 PM ET 2013-01-09T22:00:05

Donald Trump crowned 27-year-old beauty Nana Meriwether as Miss USA 2012 after Olivia Culpo won Miss Universe 2012 and had to give up her Miss USA sash.

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“It’s such a great New Year’s gift to have Olivia win and that means I got bumped up to fulfill her reign,” Nana exclaimed to Healthy Hollywood. Meriwether was the reigning Miss Maryland USA and first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant, held on June 3.

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“There’s such a stereotype that we are only about our looks. It’s nice to have girls with substance and that what Miss USA celebrates,” Nana added.

Image: Nana Meriwether
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Nana Meriwether appears at a press event where she was crowned the new Miss USA on Jan. 9 in New York.

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The statuesque beauty is also serious about staying in shape. She played volleyball during college and even trained for the Olympics. “Working out absolutely affects me, especially after being an athlete at UCLA and working out every single day. I still need to do that. I’m also used to staying healthy with vegetables and good-for-you foods.”

Nana reveals to Healthy Hollywood she loves to do yoga and practices 4 to 5 times a week. “It helps lengthen me out and it’s great for me mentally.” She also likes to sweat it out with cardio. And, now that she’s living in New York City, Nana says her favorite place to run is Central Park. “It is so peaceful and love to get out there and take a jog.”

And, for all you guys out there, Nana says she’s single, but for now she’s married to her crown.

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Photos: Miss USA 2012

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  1. And the winner is...

    Miss Rhode Island, Olivia Culpo, center, is surrounded by fellow contestants after being crowned Miss USA during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, Sunday, June 3 in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  2. Here she is!

    Miss Rhode Island looks toward the audience after being crowned Miss USA. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  3. Passing on the crown

    Miss Rhode Island reacts as she is crowned by Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella. (Steve Marcus / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  4. The last two

    Miss Rhode Island waits with Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, before the winner of Miss USA 2012 is announced. (Steve Marcus / Reuters) Back to slideshow navigation
  5. Fabulous five

    The five top five finalists, from left, Miss Ohio, Miss Maryland, Miss Rhode Island, Miss Nevada and Miss Georgia stand together during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  6. Best dressed

    The top 10 finalists pose in their evening gowns. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  7. Top ten

    The ten Miss USA finalists pose on stage during the 2012 Miss USA pageant, in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  8. Swimming style

    Miss Colorado, Marybel Gonzalez, walks the runway during the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  9. Looking swimmingly

    Miss Rhode Island takes part in the swimsuit competition. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  10. Showing off swimwear

    Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether, walks in the swimsuit competition during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  11. Tonight's hosts are...

    Andy Cohen, center left, and Giuliana Rancic open the 2012 Miss USA pageant in Las Vegas. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  12. Sweet sixteen

    Miss Ohio, Audrey Bolte, walks along the stage after being announced as one of 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  13. Cutting down the competition

    Miss Texas, Brittany Booker, right, walks along the stage after being announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  14. Picked from the pack

    Miss New Jersey, Michelle Leonardo, left, reacts as she is announced as one of the 16 finalists during the 2012 Miss USA pageant. (Julie Jacobson / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
  15. The Donald makes a speech

    Co-Owner of the Miss Universe Organization, Donald Trump, addresses Miss USA contestants on the last day of rehearsal for the Miss USA 2012 Competition. (Greg Harbaugh / AP) Back to slideshow navigation
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