2014 Miss America is Miss New York Nina Davuluri
No discrimination has been done when Nina Davuluri was named the 2014 Miss America. The 24-year-old Miss New York is the first contestant of Indian heritage to become Miss America. That’s a start! “I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity. I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America”, she said after the show.
Nina was born in Syracuse, N.Y. She wants to be a doctor. During the pageant held in Atlantic City, N.J.’s Boardwalk Hall, Nina’s talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance.
But if the judges were not discriminatory, some of the viewers were. After the contests, a few Twitter users delivered some negative comments on the issue. Nina said she just doesn’t want to get upset on haters. “I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American”, she said.
Nina’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.