ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (Sept. 15, 2013) — Miss New York, Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014 at the birthplace of the legendary competition in Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Nina became the second consecutive contestant from New York and the first contestant of Indian descent to win the Miss America Competition.
“I’m so proud to be the first Miss America of Indian descent.”said Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014. “She isn’t the Miss America of ten years ago and she’s not going to be the same ten years down the road. I’m so thankful that children watching at home can relate to a new Miss America. They can look at me and see that they can break barriers, be who they are and be successful despite their race or socio-economic status. I want to use this opportunity to encourage positive dialogue among all Americans about the ways in which we are all unique and how that makes us stronger as a country.”
Nina’s acceptance of the highly-prized crown is just the beginning of a journey that will take her to every corner of the nation during her year of service as Miss America 2014. She will travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her platform, Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency and acting as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization. In addition, Miss America 2014 will be the official spokesperson for R.E.I.G.N. Cosmetics, Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and Catalina Swimwear. Nina’s shoes will be provided by Pink & Pepper.
Nina is a graduate of University of Michigan. During her year as Miss America she will serve as spokesperson for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) this year as she travels to Washington, D.C., to work with the Department of Education. Along with the coveted title of Miss America 2014, Nina won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education. For the talent portion of the competition, Nina performed a Classical Bollywood Fusion dance.
First runner-up in the competition was Miss California, Crystal Lee who earned a $25,000 scholarship. Second runner-up honors and a $20,000 scholarship were awarded to Miss Oklahoma, Kelsey Griswold.
Miss Kansas, Teressa Vail was the winner of ABC’s America’s Choice, an online competition where viewers were given the opportunity to vote for their favorite Miss America contestant.