Miss America Crowned, Hit With Racist Tweets

Nina Davuluri is first winner of Indian heritage

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 16, 2013 5:59 AM CDT

(Newser) – For the first time, we have a Miss America of Indian descent. "I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," said Nina Davuluri in a press conference after winning last night. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America." Davuluri, 24, is the second consecutive Miss New York to win the crown, the AP reports. But moments after her victory, the haters got on Twitter, Time reports. The "rather appalling display of ignorance," as the magazine calls it, included references to terrorism, convenience stores, and Davuluri not being American enough.

"I have to rise above that," Davuluri said of the comments. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American." Time notes that two of the other top 5 finalists (Miss California Crystal Lee and Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh) have Asian roots. The last two: Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, and Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones, who tore knee ligaments during rehearsals Thursday and wore a sparkling knee brace during the competition, yet still carried out her baton-twirling routine perfectly. Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, the Army sergeant who got a lot of attention due to her tattoos, didn't make it into the top 10. What's next for Davuluri? She's applying to medical school.

Miss New York Nina Davuluri smiles for the crowd during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri smiles for the crowd during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri displays her shoes during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri displays her shoes during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after being named Miss America 2014 as Miss California Crystal Lee, left, and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan celebrate, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after being named Miss America 2014 as Miss California Crystal Lee, left, and Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan celebrate, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, front, is crowned as Miss America 2014 by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, front, is crowned as Miss America 2014 by Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks on the runway after being crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks on the runway after being crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center, is approached by contestants after Davuluri was crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center, is approached by contestants after Davuluri was crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center left in yellow, is approached by contestants after Davuluri was crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center left in yellow, is approached by contestants after Davuluri was crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss Georgia Carly Mathis performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss California Crystal Lee performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss California Crystal Lee performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Texas Ivana Hall gestures the longhorns with her fingers during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss Texas Ivana Hall gestures the longhorns with her fingers during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo dances while walking with other contestants during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo dances while walking with other contestants during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper, right, reacts after advancing beyond the lifestyle round as Miss Texas Ivana Hall congratulates her, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper, right, reacts after advancing beyond the lifestyle round as Miss Texas Ivana Hall congratulates her, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones wears a knee brace during the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones wears a knee brace during the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, NJ.   (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
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