Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was
crowned Miss Americaon Sunday evening in
The 24-year-old Syracuse resident is the first ever winner of Indian heritage.
While Davuluri is proud of her heritage — even performing a Bollywood dance during Sunday’s show and competing on a theme of “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency” — many weren’t pleased.
What should have been a happy occasion turned sour.
Following Davuluri’s win, racist trolls took to Twitter to complain about the decision.
The Daily Mail grabbed some screenshots of tweets following the ceremony:
But Davuluri, who is not Muslim, has tried to ignore the hateful comments.
In interview after being crowned Miss America, she said: “I have to rise above that… I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
“I’m so happy this organisation has embraced diversity,” she said in a press conference after winning the crown in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
But it’s not the first time Miss America has faced racism.
But Davuluri, who graduated from University of Michigan with a degree in brain behaviour and cognitive science, isn’t letting the haters get to her.
She plans to use her $US50,000 prize money to attend medical school and hopes to become a doctor.
Her father, who emigrated from India 30 years ago, is also a physician.
See how Davuluri won the competition.
She aced the questions portion with co-hosts Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer:
Wowed in the swimsuit competition:
She worked with famed Bollywood choreographer, Nakul Dev Mahajan, to perfect her dance moves in the talent portion:
And ultimately received the top honour, being crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan:
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