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Indian-origin woman and former Miss New York wins Miss America contest

Associated Press
Sep 16, 2013 at 04:50pm IST

The new Miss America says she's delighted the pageant embraces diversity.

Nina Davuluri became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant on Sunday night.

The 24-year-old Davuluri won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City.

Indian-origin woman and former Miss New York wins Miss America contest

Indian-origin woman and former Miss New York wins Miss America contest

In a press conference after winning the title, the Syracuse native who wants to become a doctor said she's glad children watching the pageant "can finally relate to a new Miss America."

Davuluri performed a classical Bollywood fusion dance for her talent competition.

After the traditional frolic in the Atlantic City surf on Monday morning, she will head to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside park and Seaside Heights on Monday afternoon.

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