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Indian-origin beauty wins Miss America crown!

Last updated on: September 16, 2013 11:41 IST


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Nina Davuluri, 24, on Sunday became the first contestant of Indian heritage to win the Miss America pageant.

Nina, who aspires to become a physician like her father, will earn at least $50,000 in scholarships.

Davuluri's parents and sister, along with more than 30 other supporters, watched her compete in the live ABC television broadcast from Atlantic City, New Jersey.

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Indian beauty Nina Davuluri is the new Miss America!

Image: Miss America contestant, Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after being chosen winner of the 2014 Miss America Pageant as 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan places a tiara on her head in Atlantic City, New Jersey
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Davuluri, in a canary-yellow evening gown, walked the runway after being named Miss America, waving and brushing away tears of joy.

Contestants were judged on evening gowns, lifestyle/fitness, talent, a personal interview and an on-stage question.

Davuluri was asked about the wisdom of TV anchors getting plastic surgery on her eyes to alter her appearance.

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Indian beauty Nina Davuluri is the new Miss America!


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Davuluri said she is against plastic surgery, but said people should make their own choice but be confident in their appearances.

She showcased a classical Bollywood fusion dance piece as her talent.

Soon after being named Miss New York, Davuluri flew to Los Angeles to work with Nakul Dev Mahajan, a choreographer with the So You Think You Can Dance television show.

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Indian beauty Nina Davuluri is the new Miss America!

Image: Davuluri with her sister and mother
Photographs: Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/NinaDavuluriMNY/

She has also had formal training in Indian dance for the past 15 years, including summers in India.

Her message is "celebrating diversity through cultural competency," and Davuluri has said she has had to dispel a lot of misconceptions about her culture through the year, such as whether her parents will arrange a marriage for her.

Davuluri, who struggled with bulimia and weight problem, said she lost 60 pounds prior to becoming Miss New York.

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Indian beauty Nina Davuluri is the new Miss America!


Photographs: Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/NinaDavuluriMNY/

Davuluri was born in Syracuse, but moved to Oklahoma at the age of four and then to Michigan at 10.

Six years ago, her family moved to Fayetteville, where her dad is an obstetrician/gynaecologist affiliated with St Joseph's Hospital.

Davuluri's degree from the University of Michigan is in brain behaviour and cognitive science.

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Indian beauty Nina Davuluri is the new Miss America!


Photographs: Courtesy: https://www.facebook.com/NinaDavuluriMNY/

She plans to become a physician and says she would love to attend Upstate Medical University.

She says she's a 'Type A personality', and makes it a priority to stay organised every minute.

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