Miss America Cheers Pageant Diversity

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

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Monday, September 16, 2013

The new Miss America says she's delighted the pageant embraces diversity.

Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant Sunday night.

The 24-year-old Davuluri won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City.

In a press conference after winning the title, the Syracuse native who wants to become a doctor said she's glad children watching the pageant "can finally relate to a new Miss America."

Davuluri performed a classical Bollywood fusion dance for her talent competition.

Miss Kansas Theresa Vail finished in the Top Ten. She won the "Viewer's Choice" voting for an automatic place in the semifinal round, and admitted on stage she had a lot of support from the U.S. Army. Vail serves in the Kansas National Guard.


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