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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 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
Associated Press
Associated Press
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.


- Posted on September 16, 2013
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It is good that Miss America is allowing more diversity.My dream is to win Miss America someday as well.It must e great to get to be titled the most beautiful girl in America.

The Miss America Pageant was held the weekend after Labor Day because they moved it to Atlantic City as there way of adding an extra week for the summer tourism season.

This pageant is held the day after Labor Day because it was moved back to Atlantic city as a way to extend the summer tourism season for a extra weekend.

The reason why the Miss American Pageant is held the weekend after Labor Day is because it is away to extend the summer tourism season for an extra weekend.

i don't understand y people were getting mad because she is Indian but she was born in the USA so i thought it was OK for her to run for miss USA

I think that Nina Davuluri deserved to be Miss America. She is a beautiful and kind young lady and dreamed of it her whole life. She even started crying when she heard. I think it is right that she won because she loves children and is kind to them. Plus, she is still going to be a doctor. She truly was supposed to be Miss America.

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