Miss America Crowns 1st Winner Of Indian Descent [Photo]
According to CNN, “She’s the second consecutive New York beauty queen to take the Miss America title, but she’s the first Indian-American to wear the national crown — er, tiara — atop her perfectly coiffed head.
Nina Davuluri, the 24-year-old Fayetteville, New York, native was on the dean’s list and earned the Michigan Merit Award and National Honor Society nods while studying at the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a degree in brain behavior and cognitive science.
Her father, who emigrated from India 30 years ago, is a gynecologist, and Davuluri said she’d like to become a physician one day as well.
Despite a night of firsts, a tired theme emerged following Davuluri’s victory: Racists took to Twitter to lambaste the pageant for picking an Indian-American. They were none too kind to Davuluri herself, either, with one particularly uninformed tweeter calling her a Muslim.”
For more information, check out the CNN news article below.