2014 is the year of Asian beauties in the Miss America beauty pageant— New York’s Nina Davuluri was crowned 2014 Miss America, from Syracuse, sashayed off with the tiara and the $50,000 scholarship cash. She performed a Bollywood fusion dance (after missing her cue at first) and answered a question about plastic surgery. (“Be confident in who you are!”) She said she hopes to become a doctor, like her father, who is an obstetrician.
She succeeds another Miss New York, Mallory Hagan, whose tenure was cut short when the pageant moved back to Atlantic City after a six-year stint in Las Vegas, where winners were chosen in January.
Reportedly, she once battled bulimia, according to a Syracuse.com July story, and is the first Indian-American to serve as Miss New York. She is the first Miss America winner of Indian descent.
Fourth runner-up: Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh (half Asian)
Third runner-up: Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones
Second runner-up: Miss Oklahoma Kesley Griswold
It came down to two Asian-Americans.
Runner up: Miss California Crystal Lee