Meet Nina Davuluri, the first Miss America of Indian heritage

16 September 2013 / 3 years 1 month ago

Photos: Reuters, AFP

Miss America returned to Atlantic City for the first time in six years to crown a new 2014 winner.

"Atlantic City has survived Hurricane Sandy!" said Good Morning America's Lara Spencer, who co-hosted the ABC show with Chris Harrison.

And now it has survived the mother of all beauty pageants, reported USA Today.

After a night of big numbers, long evening gowns, tight swimsuit strutting, dancing, singing and, yes, answering those tough judges' questions (including ones about Miley Cyrus and Syria!), the 53 Miss America contestants (50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands) were narrowed down to one winner.

Miss New York Nina Davuluri, 24, from Syracuse, sashayed off with the tiara and the $50,000 scholarship cash. She performed a Bollywood fusion dance (after missing her cue at first) and answered a question about plastic surgery. ("Be confident in who you are!")

She hopes to become a doctor, like her father, who is an obstetrician in Fayetteville, Mich. She once battled bulimia, according to a July story, and is the first Indian-American to serve as Miss New York.

Now, she has also become the first Miss America winner of Indian descent.

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