Miss New York is Miss America

Miss New York Nina Davuluri is crowned as Miss America 2014 by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan in Atlantic City, N.J. – AP photos
Miss New York is Miss America
Moments after winning the 2014 Miss America crown, Nina Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.

The 24-year-old Miss New York is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America; her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance.

"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."

Her pageant platform was "celebrating diversity through cultural competency."

The native of Syracuse, N.Y. 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 is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America crown, succeeding Mallory Hagan.

Davuluri's victory led to some negative comments on Twitter from users upset that someone of Indian heritage had won the pageant. She brushed those aside.

"I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."

Her grandmother cried when she saw the news on television.

"I am very, very, happy for the girl. It was her dream and it was fulfilled," 89-year-old V. Koteshwaramma said by phone from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

Her first runner-up was Miss California, Crystal Lee. Other top 5 finalists included Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, and Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold.

The pageant had pitted 53 contestants — one from each state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands — in swimsuit, evening gown, talent and interview competitions.

The pageant started in Atlantic City in 1921 as a way to extend the summer tourism season for an extra weekend.

Critical thinking challenge: Explain why the Miss America Pageant is held the weekend after Labor Day.

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She must feel very proud! I bet it was hard taking all the rude racial comments but i guess thats a good characteristic for Miss America! Its awesome that her grandmother watched her fufill her dream!

This proves that you can do or be anything as long as you put your mind to it. i am proud of her and i hope that she can be miss universe if that is a real thing.

This article is about an Indian woman who is named Nina Davuluri who won the Miss America title. Nina is Miss New York and her talent act was a Bollywood fusion dance. She is the first woman of Indian heritage to win the Miss America title. Nina was getting negative comments about being Indian and winning the title. The runner up was Crystal Lee from California. i think Nina is very beautiful and that she completely deserves this. i don't know why people are giving her so much hate.

That is amazing that she is the first contestant of Indian heritage to win Miss America. She is so pretty and so nice to others she deserves to win. I hope she gets that scholarship to become a nurse

I think it is cool how she was the first person from India to be Miss America! Also it was Nina's dream to be Miss America and now it came true. I think that is pretty awesome. I am glad that she got to be Miss America!

maby she is trying to do something better in her life.she was amazing that's why she is getting her awards. every body that was there is proble mad at her I mean she was proble pretty than every body else.

It is very interesting that she has won Ms. America twice in a row. It is also very interesting that she won a fifty thousand dollar scholarship!

Oh my goodness i am so happy for her i was rooting for her because i always wanted to be a model but people said i was to short to be one but i said no i am not but she looked really happy. so i am going to follow in her foot steps.

I think that it is cool she's Miss America when she's from India. She's tried hard for it and she reached her goal. I'm very sappy, sorry :/ The Miss America Pageant is held the weekend after Labor Day to extend tourism.

I am so happy that a women from Indian descent won Miss America. This year there were so many girls with different ethnic backgrounds. I am so glad that beauty can be represented in so many ways. 24 four year old Nina Davuluri won Miss America two months ago. Her family, friends, and herself should be Very Very proud.