Latina Miss USA contestants on why they will still strut despite Donald Trump

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Miss USA Contestants Ignoring Donald Trump Comments

The number of people and corporations ditching Donald Trump is growing faster than the list of Bill Cosby accusers, but many Latina Miss USA contestants are sticking with the pageant.

Co-hosts Thomas Roberts, Cheryl Burke, Roselyn Sanchez, Cristian de la Fuente and Jeannie Mai have all dropped out. But several Latina beauties say they will still take part in the July 12 competition despite Trump's controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants.

"My mother is an immigrant from Nicaragua, and my father is of Mexican descent," Miss California Natasha Alexis Martinez told Latina Magazine. "That's a deep part of my family history, so to hear those comments was extremely hurtful."

Despite the controversy, Martinez still plans to strut across the Miss USA stage.

"Not once did I think of backing out of the competition. I don't see a better way of representing the Latina community than by standing up, staring them in the face and proving them wrong," she added.

Miss Louisiana Candice Marie Bennatt, who is of Puerto Rican descent, said she was disgusted by Trump's "rapist" comment, but she is not dropping out. "I'm not for that comment at all. But I don't believe that dictates why I should or should not be here," she said. "I want to continue to represent the Latina culture in a positive light, and just show what I've done for the state of Louisiana."

Meanwhile, Miss New York Thatiana Diaz, of Dominican descent, agreed with part of what Trump said, but not all of it. "I do agree that we need more border protection, but I don't agree with the name-calling and generalization of the Latino community."

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Latina Miss USA contestants on why they will still strut despite Donald Trump
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss Nevada Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez competes in the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss USA 2014 Nia Sanchez addresses the media in the 2014 Miss USA Competition press conference at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez participates in the swimsuit competition during the Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez celebrates with her competitors after being crowned Miss USA during the pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Georgia USA Tiana Griggs, from left, Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Alyson Guidry, Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez, Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff, Miss North Dakota USA Audra Mari and Miss Iowa USA Carlyn Bradarich, stand during the Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. Sanchez would go on to win the Miss USA title. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss North Dakota USA Audra Mari, left, and Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez await the final decision during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. Sanchez would go on to win the Miss USA 2014 title. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Alyson Guidry reacts after advancing in the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff competes in the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Miss New Jersey USA Emily Shah competes in the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 08: Brian Kelley (L) and Tyler Hubbard (R) of Florida Georgia Line perform during the 2014 Miss USA Competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 8, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez is crowned Miss USA during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady waves to the crowd during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff participates in the evening gown competition during the Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Alyson Guidry participates in the evening gown competition during the Miss USA pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss Maryland USA Taylor Burton poses during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Contestants pose on the stage during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss Georgia USA Tiana Griggs participates in the evening gown competition during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Hosts Thomas Roberts, left, and Giuliana Rancic speak during the Miss USA 2014 pageant in Baton Rouge, La., Sunday, June 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady walks onstage to participate in the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Idaho USA Yvette Deleon Guerrero Bennett participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Arkansas USA Helen Wisner during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Delaware USA Kelsey Miller participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss South Carolina USA Christina Isabelle Zapolski participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Oregon USA Emma Pelett participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Ohio USA Madison Gesiotto participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss New Mexico USA Kamryn Taylor Blackwood participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss New York USA Candace Kendall participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Massachusetts USA Caroline Lunny participates during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss California USA Cassandra Kunze participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss New Jersey USA Emily Shah participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Pennsylvania USA Valerie Gatto participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Minnesota USA Haley O'Brien participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Maine USA Samantha Dahlborg participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Indiana USA Mekayla Diehl participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Wyoming USA Lexi Hill participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Tennessee USA Kristy Landers Niedenfuer participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Kansas USA Audrey Banach participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Louisiana USA Brittany Alyson Guidry participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Iowa USA Carlyn Bradarich participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss District of Columbia USA Ciera Nicole Butts participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Washington USA Allyson Maureen participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Vermont USA Gina Bernasconi participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Maryland USA Taylor Burton participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Missouri USA Erica Sturdefant participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss North Carolina USA Olivia Joan Olvera participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Ohio USA Madison Gesiotto participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Nevada USA Nia Sanchez participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss North Dakota USA Audra Mari participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Kansas USA Audrey Banach participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Florida USA Brittany Oldehoff participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss District of Columbia USA Ciera Nicole Butts participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Arizona USA Jordan Alyssa Wessel participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Illinois USA Alexis Atkins participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Delaware USA Kelsey Miller participates in the swimsuit competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Hawaii USA Moani Anna Marguerite Hara participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Miss Illinois USA Alexis Atkins participates in the evening gown competition during the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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As for the beauty pageant being dropped by both NBC and Univision, Diaz said that was a tough pill to swallow. "It hurt to be dropped by the other networks, especially Univision," she said. "We were very excited to be on Univision, because our families were going to watch us and be able to understand — like my father, who only speaks Spanish. But, as we've been saying, the show must go on."

Other Latina contestants who are going on to compete are Miss Kansas Alexis Railsback, Miss West Virginia Andrea Mucino, Miss Texas Ylianna Guerra, Miss Rhode Island Anea Garcia and Miss Nevada Brittany McGowan.

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