Congratulations to Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014. The 24 year-old Miss New York beat out 52 other contestants to win the coveted crown and at least $50,000 in scholarship cash. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and hopes to become a physician like her father.
Nina looking stunning in the "Shoe parade." That dress...love love love!
Her canary-yellow evening gown was perfection.
Nina rocked her zebra-print bikini in the bathing suit completion. She said that she has battled bulimia in the past and lost approximately 60 pounds before winning the title of Miss New York.
I absolutely loved her talent--a classical Bollywood fusion dance. Nina traveled to LA to train with Nakul Der Mahajan, a choreographer for the "So You Think You Can Dance" television show.
Unfortunately, as soon as the tiara was placed onto her beautifully coiffed hair, social media was abuzz with racist attacks in the fact that she was the first woman of Indian descent to ever win Miss America...calling her names such as "Miss 7-11." This is so ridiculous.
Responding to the remarks, she said, "I have to rise above that. I have always viewed myself as first and foremost American."
I'll admit that going into the competition, I was hoping Miss Georgia would take home the crown. Although Miss Georgia is incredibly beautiful, her talent was lacking. In my opinion, Nina scored 10's at every stage of the competition. She deserves the win and I look forward to following her reign!