As the gorgeous Miss America 2014 Nina Davaluri flaunted her crown with utmost grace.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri apparently got a bit confused on Sunday night, but that didn't keep her from winning the Miss America contest in Miss New York Nina Davuluri apparently got a bit confused on Sunday night, but that didn't keep her from winning the Miss America contest in Atlantic City.
The crowning of the first Miss America of Indian origin sparked a racist reaction on social media on Monday but 24-year-old Nina Davuluri played down the issue, saying she had to "rise above" such things.
Davuluri, wants to be a doctor and is applying to medical school, with the help of a $50,000 scholarship she won as part of the pageant title. She's the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America crown, succeeding Mallory Hagan, who was selected in January. She said she's delighted that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.
"I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," she said. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."