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NEW YORK: The crowning of 24-year-old Nina Davuluri as the first Miss America of Indian origin in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sunday unleashed a flood of racist comments on twitter.
“I’m most excited to promote my platform, I was the first Indian Miss New York and I’m so proud to be the first Indian Miss America,” said the new Miss America on her facebook message to her fans.
““I’m so happy this organisation (pageant) has embraced diversity… I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America,” Davuluri said.
But racist tweeters called her Miss 7-11 because Indians in the US are stereotyped as runners of 7-11 stores and Miss Al-Qaeda thinking she is a Muslim.
Davuluri, who was born in Syracuse but grew up in Michigan, took home the crown as well as scholarships worth over $50,000. She is the reigning Miss New York.
Wearing a canary-yellow evening gown, Davuluri broke into tears of joy as she was named the new Miss America at the pageant broadcast live by ABC.
Before her crowning, the contestants were put through various segments of the pageant, including evening gown, dance and quizzing.
Trained in Indian classical dance, Davuluri performed a fusion of Bollywood and dance dressed in sequined, maroon-coloured ghaghra.
When a judge asked her whether she would go for plastic surgery to alter her appearance, Davuluri said she was confident about her appearance and won’t alter it through plastic surgery.
A degree holder in cognitive science from the University of Michigan, she says she wants to follow in physician dad’s footsteps and become a doctor, possibly from Upstate Medical University.
Davuluri, who trained under choreographer Nakul Dev Mahajan for the pageant, suffered from bulimia while she was a student at the University of Michigan. She shed 60 pounds to compete for the Miss New York title.
Just as the crowning of Lebanese-origin Rima Fakih as Miss America in 2010 unleashed racist comments, Twitter was abuzz with racists out in full force calling Davuluri Miss 7-11, Miss Al-Qaeda, etc, etc. But the Indian-origin beauty has not responded to nasty comments.
After winning the Miss New York crown in July, Davuluri had nicknamed herself `Miss Diversity.’