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To the delight of tens of thousands of Indian Americans, Indians, Telugus particularly, Miss New York, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri, has become the first...
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Atlantic City (Agencies) To the delight of tens of thousands of Indian Americans, Indians, Telugus particularly, Miss New York, 24-year-old Nina Davuluri, has become the first person of Indian descent to be crowned Miss America. Nina has her roots in Andhra Pradesh in Vijayawada. Her parents Shiela Ranjani and Koteswara Chowdhary, both doctors, are settled in the US.
Her maternal grandmother V Koteshwaramma, 89, is the chairperson of Montessori Mahila Kalasala and its allied institutions in Vijayawada. At the famous beauty pageant which 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. She won the pageant after wooing the judges with a Bollywood fusion dance. Nina is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America pageant.
She follows another Miss New York, Mallory Hagan who was crowned Miss America in 2013. She is also the first Indian NRI to contest for the Miss America pageant. Nina is a native of Syracuse in New York and wants to become a doctor like her father. She wore a bright yellow coloured gown when she was crowned Miss America. She had left behind 53 contestants to grab this pageant title. She impressed the judges with her talent, beauty, confidence and interactive skills.
The smart answer to the question and answer round might have made Nina lucky! She was asked "Julie Chen had plastic surgery to appear less Asian. What do you think of her decision?" Davuluri quickly stated that she did not approve of plastic surgery, but said, "I've always viewed Miss America as the girl next door and the girl next door is evolving." She even performed an Indian "classic Bollywood fusion" in one of the talent competitions.