Category Archives: Miss America Pageant

Miss America Nina Davuluri, Social Media Users Upset That Someone Of Indian Heritage Had Won

Reblogged By: La Tray

Source: Mail Online

Media: WorldStar!

Posted: Monday September 16, 2013 @ 12:20 p.m. PST

 

On her first day as the new Miss America, Nina Davuluri dipped her toes into the Atlantic City surf.

But hours earlier, she had to dive headfirst into the complex challenges of becoming the first Miss America of Indian heritage.

Moments after winning, Davuluri had her first test as Miss America: The first question she was asked in a news conference was about social media users who were upset that someone of Indian heritage had won.

‘I have to rise above that,’ said Davuluri. ‘I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.’

She said she is delighted that the nearly century-old pageant sees beauty and talent of all kinds.

‘I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,’ she said. ‘I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.’

 

Davuluri’s pageant platform was ‘celebrating diversity through cultural competency.’ Her talent routine was a Bollywood fusion dance.

The 24-year-old is the second Asian-American winner, after Angela Perez-Baraquio, who is of Filipino descent, and won in 2001.

 

Davuluri, a native of Syracuse, New York, wants to be a doctor and is applying to medical school, with the help of a $50,000 scholarship she won as part of the pageant title.

‘I’m so happy this organization embraces diversity, and children can finally relate to Miss America’

She is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the Miss America crown, succeeding Mallory Hagan, who was selected in January.

Monday morning, she took the traditional ocean frolic dip in the Atlantic City surf in front of Boardwalk Hall, where she won the title hours earlier.

The pageant, which originated in Atlantic City 1921, spent the last six years in Las Vegas before returning to New Jersey.

 

‘Welcome home, Miss America!’ Davuluri said as she stood barefoot in the shallow surf, wearing a lime green Miss America T-shirt and white shorts. ‘We’re back in Atlantic City!’

Her grandmother told The Associated Press that she cried when she saw the news on television.

‘I am very, very happy for the girl. It was her dream and it was fulfilled,’ 89-year-old Vege Koteshwaramma said by phone from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

She said there are numerous doctors in the family, both in the U.S. and India, and that if her granddaughter wants to become one, ‘I am sure she will do it.’

 

Asked about her granddaughter appearing in a bikini, given the conservative attitudes about such things in India, Koteshwaramma said: ‘I haven’t seen any such thing. This must be all part of the competition.’

Davuluri had planned to go to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights on Monday afternoon.

But pageant officials canceled that visit after learning that Governor Chris Christie was making cabinet officials available at that same time to business owners victimized by the fire.

Davuluri will visit at an unscheduled future date, pageant officials said.

Instead, she was headed to New York City to prepare for a slew of TV talk show appearances, and planned to take in Broadway musicals over the next several days.

On Tuesday, she will see Pippin. On Wednesday, she will meet former Miss America (and fellow Syracuse native) Vanessa Williams and see The Trip To Bountiful, a play in which Williams appears.

Williams was the first black Miss America in 1984, but she resigned after Penthouse magazine published nude photographs of her.

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Miss New York Nina Davuluri Allegedly Tape-Recorded Blasting Miss America Mallory Hagan Fat As [bleep]

Reblogged By: La Tray

Source: Page Six

Media: AP

Posted: Friday September 13, 2013 @ 1:09 p.m. PST

 

There’s drama behind the scenes of the Miss America beauty pageant after Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, was allegedly tape-recorded blasting Miss America Mallory Hagan as “fat as [bleep].”

Sources tell The Post’s Michael Riedel that Davuluri allegedly made the comments in her hotel room after she was crowned Miss New York on July 16 on Staten Island.

In a scene straight out of “Miss Congeniality,” unfortunately for Davuluri — who nicknamed herself “Miss Diversity” — a fellow beauty queen was in the next room and recorded the comments, along with other allegedly offensive remarks made by others.

A source tells us: “Davuluri invited friends back to her hotel room after her win. A girl in the next room overheard their conversation, and was so offended she decided to tape part of it. A friend of Davuluri was supposedly heard making racist remarks, and Davuluri is allegedly heard on the tape blasting Miss America, ‘Mallory’s fat as [bleep].’ The recording has been making the rounds of pageant contestants and officials.” The source added, “Her comments were brought to the board of the Miss America pageant.” Pageant organizers deny that Davuluri did anything wrong.

A new Miss America will be crowned at the pageant in Atlantic City on live TV this Sunday night, with Hagan present.

Following complaints to pageant organizers, Davuluri sent a message on Facebook to Hagan saying, “I want to apologize for the awful statements made by people in my room . . . There were people who claimed to be my supporters and said things I never agreed with, nor supported . . . I was never a part of the words or statements that may have been hurtful . . . I’m sorry if someone said something that was inappropriate.”

A rep for Miss America said, “The situation was investigated fully back in July and there is no validity to the story whatsoever. Miss New York spoke to Mallory Hagan to let her know there was no validity and to apologize if she was offended in any way.”

Beauty queen: Miss America ‘fat as [bleep]‘