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Miss America Pageant Crowns First Indian-American Winner

  • Miss New York Nina Davuluri is crowned as Miss America 2014 by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 15, 2013.
  • Miss Georgia Carly Mathis acknowledges the crowd after advancing beyond the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 15, 2013.
  • Members of the crowd hold up signs cheering on contestants during the 2014 Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 15, 2013.
  • Contestants walk on the runway during the Miss America 2014 pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 15, 2013.
  • Miss America pageant alumni, from left, Miss Nebraska Mariah Cook, Miss Nevada Randi Sundquist, Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan, and Miss South Dakota Calista Kirby pose before the 2014 pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., Sept. 15, 2013.
First Indian-American Winner of Miss America Crown
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Nina Davuluri of New York state has won the 2014 Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey, becoming the first woman of Indian heritage to win the legendary contest.

The 24-year-old Davuluri from Syracuse will use the $50,000 scholarship she won to attend medical school.  

Davuluri performed a Bollywood fusion dance for her talent demonstration.  She and the other 52 contestants -- one from each state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands --  were also judged by a personal interview, their answers to an on-stage question, and their appearance in formal evening gowns and swimwear during the nationally-televised pageant.

During her year as Miss America, Davuluri will serve as spokesperson for STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics - as she travels to Washington to work with the U.S. Department of Education.

The new Miss America says she is proud to be the first Indian-American to hold the title, and praised the Miss America organization for embracing diversity.

Davuluri is the second consecutive New York native to win the Miss America crown, succeeding Mallary Hagan, who earned the title in January when the pageant was held in Las Vegas.

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by: Dr. masood rahman from: Texas
September 19, 2013 5:43 PM
Congrats Nina Davuluri! Your becoming Miss America is a proof that in USA "beauty of talent" is more appreciated than physical beauty. Only small-minded people look at the ancestry of a person in this beautiful country. Let us transcend the notion, who comes from where, and accept the fact that America is not only culturally diverse but a "Nation of nations."

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