Fifty-three Miss America contestants gave it their all on the Miss America stage in Atlantic City last night. After performing a Bollywood fusion dance and answering a question about plastic surgery, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014!
Davuluri, the first winner of Indian heritage and an aspiring doctor, has received racist outlash after receiving the crown last night.
“I have to rise above that,” she said in a post-pageant press conference. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
Davuluri added, “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
Davuluri’s first runner-up was Miss California, Crystal Lee. Other top 5 finalists included Miss Minnesota, Rebecca Yeh; Miss Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, and Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold.
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