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Nina Davuluri Crowned Miss America 2014

Lauren Alvarez |
September 17, 2013 | 3:45 p.m. PDT

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Nina Davuluri made Miss America history on Sunday as the first woman of Indian descent to be crowned Miss America. Representing New York, Davuluri grabbed the state’s second consecutive victory in the Miss America pageant.

In the 92 years the pageant has existed, there are only four other "ethnic" women who have won the Miss America crown. The first was Bess Myerson, having been the first Jewish women to win in 1945. 

The first African American to win Miss America was Vanessa Williams in 1983, and the first Haitian to win the crown was Marjorie Judith Vincent in 1990. It was only three years ago that the first Asian American, Angela Perez Baraquio (Filipina), won the national crown.

Davuluri attended the University of Michigan, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in brain behavior and cognitive science. The beauty queen hopes to be a doctor one day and has yet to apply to medical school.  

Davuluri captured the hearts of America during the swimsuit, talent, evening gown and final question categories.

Her platform is “Celebrating Diversity Through Culture Competency,” which was showcased in her talent portion of the competition with Bollywood-fusion dance.

In her final question, she was asked about her opinion on Julie Chen’s eye surgery to make them appear "less Asian."

“I don’t agree with plastic surgery," Davuluri responded. "However I can understand that from a standpoint. More importantly I’ve always viewed Miss America as the girl next door. And Miss America is always evolving…I wouldn’t want to change someone’s looks. Be confident in who you are.”

Although Davuluri went home with the crown, it was not always an easy journey when controversy erupted a few days prior to winning that she had called the outgoing Miss America, Mallory Hagan, "fat as f***."

The Board of the Miss America pageant reviewed recordings of the alleged conversation, but no information was confirmed. 

Moments after winning, Davuluri was scrutinized on Twitter for not being "American enough" and others incorrectly labeled her as a terrorist.

"I have to rise above that," the new Miss America said to CNN. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."  

Despite such racist remarks, Davuluri seems to be rather optimistic. "I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” said the 24-year-old beauty.  

The winner of Miss America receives a $50,000 scholarship and promotes her platform for a year.

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Satish Chandra (not verified) on September 18, 2013 5:55 PM

This is the comment I posted on news stories about the racial outburst in the United States about an Indian being chosen “Miss America”:-

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“Indians as a rule are inferior Indian n i g g e r s unfit to talk about strategic matters, especially if it involves the White Master in any way, which it always does. That is why in his 'Mein Kampf' Adolf Hitler said "As for India, I would rather see India under the British than under any one else". It is not just that a handful of the British from half way around the world ruled India for centuries; a lot of other people from various countries did that for a thousand years before that.

A modern day Babar will start each day by killing a million Indians before breakfast every morning, though some think three million will be better (this number can be herded into fairly small extermination circles and then a neutron bomb exploded over them).

I am an Indian, but as far above the other Indians as they may be above cockroaches” -- Satish Chandra

“RAW’s Trafficking of Indian Children to Israel to be Used as Food” :
RAWsTraffickingOfIndianChildrenDOTblogspotDOTcom

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I posted the above comment on a story about the racial outburst in Hindustan Times. Someone with a female name posted a comment on my comment saying ‘I can’t believe you are an Indian’ and suggested I am a Pakistani. Well, yes, how can the most intelligent, most handsome man on Earth be an Indian? Another RAW operative posted a comment on my comment saying ‘You are under RAW’s radar. Better get out’. I have described how I have been under 24-hour satellite surveillance for the past 36 years and some of the crimes against me with the fullest participation of the Indians: IndiasLegitimateRulerSatishChandraDOTblogspotDOTcom .

This is a paragraph from my press release dated September 14 ‘13 titled “India Is Now the Sole Superpower“ (thanks to Satish Chandra):-

“There should be no elections in India until the public is familiar with Satish Chandra and his life and work, after which the public will automatically lynch all politicians. But this will not happen because the media are still controlled by CIA-RAW and the meek acceptance for centuries of rule by the British who killed over ten million Indians in just the ten years after 1857 in just Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Bihar and the ferocious loyalty to the Anglo-Americans of Indians both in government (prime examples of which are the Intelligence Bureau and RAW -- WhatYouShouldKnowAboutRAWDOTblogspotDOTcom -- who go to unlimited lengths to sabotage and damage India in service of their Anglo-American masters) and outside shows that the Indian public can be mobilized for Hindu-Muslim riots by the Intelligence Bureau and RAW, that is all it is capable of. Since India’s status as the sole superpower is based on nuclear weapons emplaced in U.S. cities, the public is not needed to destroy Washington, New York and RAW and, later, for the coast-to-coast destruction of the enemy United States.”

Back in 1968-69 I used to date a beauty queen who was “Miss Rochester” and “runner-up in the New York State Pageant”; I assumed that her float had won the second prize in some kind of an annual agricultural parade, the state equivalent of a county fair; only much later did I realize it was a beauty contest. I asked her why she had given up modeling and worked a factory job and she replied “You have to give yourself”.

As for the Indian woman being chosen “Miss America” -- I wouldn’t touch a piece of dog-faeces like that with a ten foot pole.

Satish Chandra

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