In the wake of the tragic bombings in Boston, Nana shares her reactions EXCLUSIVELY with HollywoodLife.com. Watch the full interview below.
On April 15, everyday citizens become heroes when they helped those injured in the bombings at the Boston Marathon. Talking about the tragic event, Miss USA Nana Meriwether told us EXCLUSIVELY how glad she is to live in a country full of heroes.
Miss USA: Boston Bombings Are Disturbing
“I just think it’s so sad that our society…this is the culture it’s becoming,” Nana, 27, said. “Something happens, and I have to send out emails [asking] ‘Are you ok?’ ‘Were you there?’ It’s just happening all too often, and it’s very sad and disturbing.”
However, the brave heroes who helped those injured during this devastating event really made us realize how united the nation is. Complete strangers rushed to help one another after the bombings — runners, bystanders, nurses and med students all hurried to the hospitals to lend a hand.
Nana Meriwether: How She Became Miss USA
At one point, Nana was a med student herself. While receiving her undergraduate degree in political science and playing volleyball at UCLA, Nana admits that she wasn’t positive where her career was headed.
After UCLA, Nana decided to study pre-med at USC — a career she just may go back to one day. In 2012, after many attempts, Nana finally was crowned Miss Maryland, and landed a spot in the Miss USA pageant. Although coming in second, she took over the reign of Miss USA in December, when Olivia Culpa, the original winner, was chosen as Miss Universe.
While Nana isn’t sure of her next steps after her reign is finished in June, she does know that, like us, she’s so proud of her fellow Americans.
Nana Talks Boston Bombing Heroes
“It’s sad it takes an event like this, to show the American spirit,” Nana said. “I travel all around the country on behalf of charities, and I interact with so many heroes every day and what I saw in response to the attacks — you know, just watching on TV, people running into the smoke, people running to give blood. It just shows how we are as a nation and how we respond to these event.”
I couldn’t have said it better myself! During this tragic time, I am thrilled that people come together to help complete strangers in need.
— Bonnie Fuller