Miss New York Crowned Miss America



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The new Miss
America will start the first day of her reign the same way most of her
predecessors did — with a
frolic in the Atlantic City surf.

Nina
Davuluri will also speak at a news conference Monday at Boardwalk Hall, where
she became the first contestant of Indian heritage to win the crown Sunday
night.
The
24-year-old 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, who was selected in January when the pageant was
still held in Las Vegas. The Miss America Organization will compensate Hagan
for her shortened reign.
Moments
after winning, Davuluri described how delighted she is that the nearly
century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.
“I’m
so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said in her first
news conference after winning the crown. “I’m thankful there are children
watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
Davuluri’s
pageant platform was “celebrating diversity through cultural
competency.” Her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance.
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 told The Associated Press that she 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 Vege Koteshwaramma said by phone from her home in the city of
Vijaywada, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
She
said there are numerous doctors in the family, both in the U.S. and India, and
that if her granddaughter wants to become one, “I am sure she will do
it.”
Asked
about her granddaughter appearing in a bikini, given the conservative attitudes
about such things in India, Koteshwaramma said: “I haven’t seen any such
thing. This must be all part of the competition.”
Davuluri
had planned to go to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New
Jersey communities of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights on Monday afternoon. But
pageant officials canceled that visit after learning that Gov. Chris Christie
was making cabinet officials available at that same time to business owners
victimized by the fire.
Davuluri
will visit at an unscheduled future date, pageant officials said.

Read more: abcnews

 

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