Contestant of Indian Heritage Crowned Miss America

The new Miss America made history on Sunday night when she became the first contestant of Indian heritage to win the highly sought after crown, but of course, this being the Miss America pageant, her success was not without controversy!


Nina Davuluri’s victory led to overwhelming support on social media, interspersed with some negative comments from watchers upset that someone of Indian heritage had won the pageant. After the announcement was made, some users tweeted that Davuluri was not “American enough” to win the title while others went as far as to say she “looks like a terrorist.”


But the 24-year-old native of Syracuse, N.Y., brushed those comments aside. "I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."


Many users agreed, coming to the newly crowned Miss America’s defense.


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Monday, September 16, 2013 - 12:30pm