Miss New York Nina Davuluri, from Syracuse suburb Fayetteville, has emerged as the winner of Sunday night's Miss America 2014 pageant. She has become the second consecutive pageant winner from the state, following Mallory Hagan in 2013, and the first woman of Indian descent to win the title.
Despite several fumbles -- Davuluri missed her cue to come out on stage, and accidentally clapped for herself during the talent portion of the competition -- the 24-year-old impressed judges with a Bollywood fusion dance routine:
Davuluri, who hopes to go to medical school, plans to use her new platform to promote diversity. “I’m most excited to promote my platform, I was the first Indian Miss New York and I’m so proud to be the first Indian Miss America,” she said.
The AP reports that Davuluri's was to visit New Jersey's Seaside Heights and Seaside Park on Monday, damaged by a large fire last week. The visit has been postponed, however "after learning that Gov. Chris Christie was making cabinet officials available at that same time to business owners victimized by the fire."