Nina Davuluri is first Miss America of Indian descent

Nina Davuluri is first Miss America of Indian descent

New Jersey, Sep 16 (IANS): To the delight of tens of thousands of Indian Americans, a growing, influential and visible community in the United States, Miss New York, 24-year-old, Nina Davuluri has become the first person of Indian descent to be crowned Miss America.

As the famous beauty pageant returned to Atlantic City, New Jersey, after a six-year stint in Las Vegas, Davuluri from Syracuse sashayed off with the tiara and the $50,000 scholarship cash as she was chosen to succeed former Miss New York, Mallory Hagan.

Davuluri, who was also the first Indian-American to serve as Miss New York, performed a Bollywood dance for the talent part, answered a question about plastic surgery and hopes to become a doctor, like her father.

Davuluri studied at St. Joseph High School and University of Michigan. Her scholastic honours include Dean's List; Michigan Merit Award; National Honour Society She competed on the platform issue of "Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency" showcasing her talent of "Classical Bollywood Fusion," according to Miss America organisation.

Earlier, after a night of big numbers, endless crowd cheering, swimsuit strutting, dancing, singing, the 53 Miss America contestants representing 50 states, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands were narrowed down to one winner, according to USA Today.

The 53 contestants introduced themselves in a taped segment with those quippy catchphrases, including "Listening to your phone calls from the Nation's Capital. Just kidding! I'm Miss District of Columbia, Bindhu Pamarthi."

The nearly 100-year-old pageant which debuted in 1921 was televised live by ABC, which picked up the contest again in 2011 after dropping it in 2004 because of a steep ratings decline.

The judges were 2004 Miss America winner Deidre Downs Gunn, the New York Knicks' Amar'e Stoudemire, Lance Bass from the boy band 'N Sync, comedian Mario Cantone, violinist Joshua Bell and television chef Carla Hall.


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  • Alban D' Souza, Udyavara Mumbai Doha Qatar

    Tue, Sep 17 2013

    Congrats! but she is an American Citizen now and not represented India Only satisfaction that She is from Indian origin. Any way Good Indians are shining abroad displaying their great talent other than beauty. Good luck Talented Indian beauty.

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  • Brayan Alphonso, Santhur Kopla

    Tue, Sep 17 2013


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  • Walter Lobo, Bajpe/USA

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Congratulations Miss USA. One step at a time and inch by inch, we will change the dynamics of USA to be a better country, and USA will lead the world through diversity. Our strength is "diversity" regardless from what part of the world we came and we see USA as our country, indivisible one Nation Under God. Our next step would be to have a few senators then some day president of US. We will dream and our dreams shall come true. We came to this country with Hopes and Dreams, seeking a second chance in life. We are seeing the realities. Indians abroad shall take pride in what we have contributed to the world.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Kavitha Dear
    Let me warn you....There was a dear Saritha in the year 2000, who started arguing with me,like you now, on all accounts. At one point of time I stopped arguing.Then you know what! She fell in love with me!I may appear weak, but let me tell you as far as falling in love is concerned I am very strong! So I too fell...and now Savitha has a special place in my heart....
    Kavitha and Savitha ...not much of a difference ...I must confess!!

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  • Langoolacharya, Belman/Washington,DC

    Mon, Sep 16 2013


    You can have only one Kavitha or two GFs my friend....

    Or at least one at a time....


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  • Mendonca, Kudla

    Tue, Sep 17 2013

    There are three persons Saritha, Savitha, and Kavitha.

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  • Francis(Joe) Martis, Barkur/USA

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    While congratulating Nina, I refer to comments by Bhak Sala who made cheap comments. What Nina has achieved by beating 52 other contentants is no ordinary, only cheap and lower than the lowest can comment this way.

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  • radhakrishna, manipal

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    plain sickening comments from some readers like Henry,Jaison and Kavita etc...these people are some major losers in life.May be u guys need to make a trip to that country and see for yourself the strides these ethnic minorities have made in various fields.And for you kavita it is allright for small kids to dance to adult twerking on these so called Indian talent shows on TV...NO YA THAT SO CUTE YA...

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  • jaison, M'lore

    Tue, Sep 17 2013

    C'mon Hare krishna we never commented cheap comment check tweeter you will find most American's tweeted like Miss Al-qaida,Miss terrorist,some even called her arab.
    one last thing am i bothering u hare krishna.If not then just comment only for news cuz i have my own likes and dislikes you don't have to teach me or any one else about what to comment gud or bad.

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  • Ajith, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    She is so beautiful.

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  • Flavian, Mangalore/Kuwait

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Hi Bhandarkar,

    What a family tree. Where it starts and where it ends. Big puzzle!

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  • Kavita, India

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    R.Bhandarkar,- And now we are ok with displaying - ah its in the west!

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    @ Dear Henry Misquith.....
    Sometimes we have to be happy with a 'stale biscuit'. Like I have heard somebody in my family say that Bhandarkar's third cousin's paternal aunt's foster grandfather's maternal cousin's uncles's sister was the aunt of Mrs Ramesh Tendulkar, mother of
    the great Sachin Tendulkar!!

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  • juliet mascarenhas, bejai mangalore

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    The KAR cousins. Bhandarkar and Tendulkar

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  • peter, Brahmavar/Sharjah

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    She is not represented India and nothing to boast about it. In our country every village more beautiful & modest girls than her.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, M'lore

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Your Ecstacy too
    Conveys signs of Delicacy.....
    You blooming Lily...
    Bring with you ...the Grace of everyhting lively
    Hey hey ye Hey Ye Ye....
    Davuluri Nina Davuluri...
    Davuluri Nina Davuluri.....

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  • Bulsam, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    You made India proud!!
    Good luck and Best Wishes!!!

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  • Noel, Neermarga, Mangalore

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Congrates Nina Davuluri.

    You are very attractive. May be some Indian producers will come out with a story to attract you to Bollywood in the near future.

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    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Instead of cine world or bollywood, work for some fruitful mission to help the country......representing country as Brand Ambassador is more suitable for you Nina.

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  • prem, moodbidri

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Congrats Nina Davuluri... You really made all of us Indians feel proud.
    It's really a great achievement, when future Indian P.M nominee itself struggling to get US visa !

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  • Thomas Scaria, Mangalore, Kabul

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    Congratulations to Ms. Nina or Miss America! A Great achievement, indeed, specially for India! Along with this, I also want to congratulate USA for being so 'universal' when it comes to either public elections or this kind of competitions, where they exhibit very mature attitude by remaining "least racial", comparing to other countries. Let our country also learn from this attitude.

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  • Bhak Sala, Delhi

    Mon, Sep 16 2013

    I can understand tears of joy at such moment but why this 2 Rs. emotion on face just for publicity any way congratulation

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