The Miss America pageant, the largest scholarship program for young women in the world, has seen many firsts since it’s inaugural pageant in 1921, as the definition of beauty and poise continues to evolve. Nina Davuluri, the new Miss America 2014, is the latest in this line, becoming the first woman of Indian descent to hold the title.
Nina Davuluri Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, performed a traditional Bollywood-style dance during the talent portion of the competition Sunday night. “I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” she said in a news conference. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”Lucas Jackson/Reuters