‘She’s not an American’: New Miss America suffers racist abuse on Twitter for Indian heritage

September 16, 2013 3:34 pm 2 comments Views: 3338


The crowning of the first Miss America of Indian heritage has been met with a barrage of racist abuse on Twitter.

Miss New York Nina Davuluri celebrated her background with a Bollywood fusion dance number as part of the ‘talent routine’ she had to perform for the competition.

But the after the 24-year-old’s win, abusive messages began to flow with one person writing: ‘If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American.’


Others seemed confused by her dark skin and began to label her a terrorist.

‘I am literally soo mad right now a ARAB won. #MissAmerica’

‘How the **** does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots’

'She's not an American': New Miss America suffers racist abuse
Performing her Bollywood routine (Picture: Getty Images)

But Ms Davuluri brushed off the comments saying: ‘I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.’

In her first press conference, in Atlantic City, New Jersey’s Boardwalk Hall after winning she added: ‘I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity.

‘I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.’

The native of Syracuse, New York, wants to be a doctor, and is applying to medical school, with the help of a $50,000 (£31,500) scholarship she won as part of the pageant title.

Her grandmother said she cried with delight when she saw the news on television.

‘I am very, very, happy for the girl. It was her dream and it was fulfilled,’ said 89-year-old V Koteshwaramma, speaking from her home in the city of Vijaywada, in the east of India.

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