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Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Indian girl is Miss America 09-18

Nina Davuluri

Nina Davuluri
Nina Davuluri is the first Indian Girl to win Miss America Beauty Pageant. She was crowned Miss America 2014 on September 15 at a function held at New Jersey. She is also the first Indian to be crowned with Miss New York  and Miss Syracuse titles.
Miss America is a beauty pageant that awards scholarships to young women in United States.
She is an excellent Dancer and lists Bollywood Dance as her primary talent on Miss America official page. She is a trained Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam for past 15 years. She is also an excellent piano player and can wield the tennis racquet with aplomb.
In 2006 she was the first runner-up of Miss Teen America. Despite struggling with problems like Asthma, Bulimia and Overweight, she managed win a series of Beauty Pageants in 2013 including, Miss Syracuse, Miss New York and Miss America.
She is proud to be an Indian. “I was the first Indian Miss New York and I’m so proud to be the first Indian Miss America,” she said in an interview. She visits India every summer along with her parents.
Her mother Sheila Ranjani and father Davuluri Koteshwara Choudhary hail from Vijayawada, Andhra Pradesh and migrated to US in 1981. Davuluri Koteswara Choudhary is a practising gynaecologist in New York, while her mother Sheila Ranjani is a web programmer.
She was born on April 20, 1989 in Syracuse. He her family later moved to Michigan, where she attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a degree in Brain and Cognitive Science. In past she has won several Scholastic Honors like, Dean’s List; Michigan Merit Award and National Honor Society Award.
She plans to become a Doctor as per her family tradition. Her maternal aunt and uncle are doctors in India while her father’s siblings are doctors in the US. With the prize money $50,000, she hopes to fund her higher education in Medicine. She also holds the title of Miss Syracuse 2013.
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Nina Davuluri

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In this Indian name, the name Davuluri is a patronymic, not a family name, and the person should be referred to by the given nameNina.
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Nina Davuluri
Beauty pageant titleholder
April 20, 1989 (age 24)
Syracuse, New York
Alma mater
5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
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Miss Syracuse 2013
Miss New York 2013
Miss America 2014
Nina Davuluri (Teluguనీనా దావులూరి, born April 20, 1989)[1] is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was named Miss New York 2013, subsequently winningMiss America 2014. She is the first Indian American to be chosen as Miss America.[2][3]
Davuluri was born in SyracuseNew York, but moved to Oklahoma at age four and later to St. Joseph[4] Michigan. She attended college at the University of Michigan. Along with her family, she moved back to the Syracuse suburb ofFayetteville in the mid-2000s, where her father is a gynecologist affiliated with St. Joseph's Hospital.[5]
·         1 Background
·         2 Miss America
·         3 References
·         4 External links
Davuluri was born to Telugu parents. Her mother Sheila Ranjani, software engineer, and father Davuluri Koteshwara Choudhary both hailed originally from VijayawadaAndhra PradeshIndia.[6] In 1981, they left for Missouri (United States), where her father worked as a gynecologist. Her maternal aunt and uncle in India are also doctors and run a nursing home, while her father’s siblings are doctors in the United States. Following the family trend, she wishes to become a cardiologist.[7] To honor her Indian roots, she became a trained Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam danseuse during her yearly visits to India. Davuluri has learned to play piano as well and she regularly watches Telugu films (Tollywood) to stay connected with India.[7][8]
Davuluri attended the University of Michigan and has won several scholastic honors including the Dean's List, Michigan Merit Award, and National Honor Society Award.[3] She graduated with a degree in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science. In 2006 she placed Runner-up for Miss Teen America.[8] She prepared herself a whole year for the Miss America competition. According to her grandmother Koteswaramma support came from "her mother, most importantly she has strong attachment to India and the city of Vijayawada," where she spent 2 years as a baby girl.[8]
Miss America
Davuluri was crowned as Miss America on September 15, 2013, the second Miss Syracuse to win the competition after Vanessa Williams in 1983. Congresswoman Grace Meng congratulated Davuluri and compared her win with the first Jewish-American title won by Bess Myerson in 1945. Several commentators noted that the title was a milestone for the Indian-American and the Asian-American community as a whole. Davuluri was left on stage with first Runner-Up Chinese-American Miss CaliforniaCrystal Lee when she said, "We’re making history standing here as Asian Americans."[9]

The title announcement was met by a backlash of anti-Indian sentiments in social media. [10] News agencies cited tweets which misidentified her as Muslim or Arab and associated her with terrorist groups such as Al Qaeda.[11][12] Davuluri responded to this criticism, "I have to rise above that, I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."[13]

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