Nina Davuluri, 24, of Fayetteville, NY, became the first contestant of Indian heritage and the second consecutive contestant from New York to win the Miss America pageant Sunday night.

“I haven’t even had time to get emotional,” said a still shellshocked Davuluri, 24, after being crowned in Atlantic City. “I haven’t even had time to speak to my parents yet.”


Davuluri won over the crowd with a traditional Bollywood dance, and plans on promoting diversity during her reign as Miss America.

“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 tearfully.

Not everyone was happy with Davuluri’s win. By everyone, I’m talking about the racists who always find a way to out themselves via social media.  Since most racists have smaller IQs, they couldn’t differentiate between an Indian, Arab or Muslim.




Keyboards just have a way of bringing out the racist in everyone. Gotta love America.

But a harsh reality is that Miss America, would never be Miss India.  They’re about as messed up when it comes to colorism as other people are.  A former coworker always discussed how her darker Indian family members were discriminated against, and even her own mother warned her to keep her daughter out of the sun so she wouldn’t get dark.  She also used to joke about the Fair & Lovely skin lightening commercials that permeate the airwaves in India.  Coincidentally, Fair & Lovely is a product of Unilever, who also makes Dove.

As Lakshmi Chaudhry, sarcastically but truthfully, wrote on First Post, “That gorgeous chocolate may play as exotic in the West, but in India, we prefer our beauty queens strictly vanilla — preferably accessorised with blue contact lenses.”  Anna John also expressed the similar sentiments about the effects of colorism in India:


In any event, congratulations to Nina Davuluri, haters and racists are gonna hate, but wear your crown proudly.

  • Knotty Natural

    This doesn’t surprise me one bit!

  • geenababe

    I’m still shock how these people can write racist comments when their picture and full name is showing. Now what if there going up for a job interview and someone google their name and find their comments like sand n-word or some other comments. Do they even care about those things, I guess not they’re idiots.

  • MommieDearest

    Congrats to her. She’s gorgeous.

  • vintage3000

    Good point bringing up colorism in India. It’s hard to believe anyone would look at Nina and NOT think she’s pretty, although she has a mean-girl personality.

    Another irony is she is so much darker than the first Black woman to win Miss America-lol.

  • Nicole

    Colorism is REAL in India. If you have time, head on over to YouTube and search for the Ponds White Beauty (yes you read that right) commercials that ran over there years ago. Disgusting!

    Anywho, she’s a beautiful woman and I hope she represents America well!

  • Common Sense

    Wow, that is sad that Indians have that skin color prejudice, I guess it is left over from the British propaganda. They were colonized by the British. You would think that in this day and age, they would have evolved!!!!!!!!!

  • diasporauk

    . . . and in our next segment we’ll reporting on the latest round of bellyaching about exclusionary beauty standards.

    reporter to protester:

    isn’t a beauty competition by definition about discriminating and eliminating people until you find the “winner”?

    Surely it’s an EXCLUSION contest, not a diversity contest. ho ho ho . . .

    If you’ll gladly cheer for the winner in a beauty contest, who supposedly reflects highest standard of beauty, then how do you square that with your bellyaching over exclusionary beauty standards?

  • Angelique212

    SO PROUD OF HER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you for bringing up that “Fair and Lovely” point as well. Global acceptance of darker-hued South Asian women is helpful in this very real battle. Her skin is ABSOLUTELY beautiful. How can anyone with sense deny that?

  • Angelique212

    Agreed. People should also check out the mini-doc, SHADE-ISM (found easily online), by the adorable and amazing Nayani Thiyagarajah.

  • Amor

    Colorism is alive and well in India and other parts of the world that were colonized so I am happy that her victory must have brought some hope to Indians who have dark skin and are often at the bottom of the caste system.

  • Starla

    I watch Bollywood movies from time to time and you rarely ever see dark skinned Indians in any major roles in the movies. Usually they are relegated to roles of servitude. It is so baltantly obvious especially in a country where the majority of the people are dark skinned. They have colonial mentalilites, or as the Nigerians put it, colomental.

    Nina looked beautiful and that yellow dress was the bomb.

  • Angelique212

    I honestly don’t understand your point. Beauty can and should be about inclusion. Maybe I’m not getting your possible sarcasm? As a former pageant girl, beauty is just supposed to get you in the door… it is your carriage/composure, ideals, etc… that are supposed to get you to the top.

    There are different types of beauty all over the world, but the “Dominant” culture, wherever it is situated or has conquered, usually deems its own version of beauty as the highest standard EXCLUDING all other forms of beauty that might even be biologically (based on the values of the “dominant culture”, youthfulness) “superior” in the “Dominant” culture.

  • Berla

    I loved her! I love that she is a darker Indian woman too. I noticed that she was so proud of her heritage and mentioning how this was a great day for diversity and did her traditional Indian dance. You notice Miss California was more whitewashed with her Swam Lake performance (she was also Asian). Miss New York said I am bringing who I am to the stage and I love her for it. Kudos! She was my favorite (although I hate the idea of pageants).

  • Berla

    They are not this mean to the Koreans and Chinese because those folks love white people. lol. The Indians are proud of their culture!

  • Eduardo

    Good for her. To hell with the racists.

  • Nic

    Yeah, I never realized that they were as bad about color as black people until I got to college and saw really pretty girls like her get ignored by Indian guys in favor of much less pretty but lighter Indian girls.
    Also, I read an article in an Indian magazine where they were interviewing a fair-skinned Indian actor and they discussed the “challenge” they had casting b/c the man is always supposed to be the darker of an on-screen couple so this guy gets painted with spray on tan so he can be the romantic lead. Gross.
    When I was in India, I noticed that the flight attendants on the upscale airlines were always super light, and they had the darker skinned Indians taking the baggage or working the counter. (I flew a LOT when I was there).

  • bossladi

    Well I for one really appreciate that she is a dark skinned beautiful Indian-American Woman! It speaks volumes! Yay Her!!!!

  • Nic

    I think Indians were color struck before the British…colorism is all over the world but it’s not always about what white people think/thought.

  • JN

    I don’t even think it matters for most of them. Some of these tweets come from parts of America were racism is part of the culture.

  • maria

    These tweets hurt my soul. Congrats to her! She’s beautiful and I’m sure she deserves the crown. These racists can go kick rocks!

  • Phillygurl

    I am so glad America is showing its collective racist behind. Maybe now people will stop saying blacks are just playing the victim,even though I highly doubt that. I’m glad the newly crowned Miss America took the time to honor her heritage, more should do it.

  • Pipnstock

    Shes gorgeous, and Im sure she deserves this victory too!

  • Knotty Natural

    Colonialism has affected non-white cultures WORLD WIDE!

  • Azzure

    Isn’t America about diversity? I’m glad she won but I feel sad for the people who can’t see past their own color.

  • Yes, I’m That Leah

    Wow. I’m so happy for her! I love me some India! I want to visit there.

  • Sandy248

    I remember back in 1990 when we had two back to back Black Miss Americas. When Debbie Turner put that crown on the winner’s head, my white roommate asked angrily if this was some type of trend. I was shocked because she was getting disowned by her father for wanting to marry a Black guy.

  • Marisa

    This society will remain ass backwards I bet these same people defended Riley Cooper and Paula Deen about how racism is over, and Barack Obama is President now. I CAN’T if there was any justice in the world for every comment should be met with a struck of lightening.

  • naan

    First Mindy Kaling and now Nina?

    These two women — one an actress and one a pageant Queen- would never be allowed to be stars in India with their VERY BROWN complexions! I even think Nina got a tan for the pageant. Say what you want about the USA but racism/colorism/ethnocentrism/tribalism isn’t nearly as overt or even as widely accepted as it is in many other countries.

    I wonder what Indian marketing teams are thinking about Nina. One advantage about being a “Western Minority” is that you can get a lot of endorsements back in your parents’ homeland if you appear on such a big stage in the USA. But I wonder how they view “THIS”. Are they going to ask her to bleach her skin? WILL she bleach her skin for a check? Are they even going to ask her to become the face of any products? She would obviously be the new IT girl for such Indian base brands, but I know her dark skin is throwing them a real curve ball at the meeting table this morning.

  • naan


    It’s funny how white people fee people-of-color are whining when they say that p.o.c. are not represented well enough.

    YET, white folks NOTICE and WHINE about just TWO p.o.c. doing anything! It’s a “pattern” to them.

  • Annoyed

    This is the kind of stupidity that really puts the kibosh on that master race theory.

  • binks

    why is anyone surprised? Congrats to her!

  • Annoyed

    Just to clarify, the racist tweets, not this beautiful young lady.

  • geenababe


    That’s an example of how one can date/marry/have sex/have a baby by, and be friend with a person of a particular racial group but still be racist towards that group.

  • cheeky

    I’m glad she won, and that’s she’s a U of M graduate on top of that–usually some of the best and the brightest graduate from there. But,yeah, a lot of these racists still haven’t got the message that white people alone do NOT have the only claim to being Americans. Last time I looked,this was a multicultural country and always has been, despite the white hegemony that has always dominated this country.

    Screw these racist idiots—-they’re always gonna find somebody to hate. Congrats to Ms. Davuluri! And she’s beautiful & smart on top of that! So take that,you stupid,ignorant racist haters!

    Sadly, that IS true about Indian culture’s obsession with being white or light-skinned—I used to watch Bollywood movies all the time (they’re fun as hell to watch,BTW) and the leading ladies (especially in the last 20 or so years) until recently, with some exceptions, tended to be light-skinned actresses—what older black folks used to call “light,bright and damn near white”. Go figure.

  • Joyous

    All these racists in the U.S. are going to wake up one day and find themselves completely outnumbered by all of the dark skin people they hate so much. The future demographics of the U.S. is trending brown, brown, brown. When they leave the U.S., they will find themselves completely outnumbered by the global majority, which is agin, brown, brown, brown.

  • The RealKay

    Wow. I read about this this morning and once again I tried to be surprised, but found I wasn’t very. Instead, I actually felt bad that scores of people were showing the world how ignorant we were by 1) not even knowing basic geography (she’s Indian American, born in the states, and is not Arab) as most people couldn’t even point out India or Israel on a map 2) that they feel that she’s not a real American when we’re so quick to point out how “We’re not really racist.” So White=American and everything else is “other”? *smdh* She did a great job, and she’s pretty so we should sit back and let these racists whine and show us how they REALLY feel.

  • justanotheropinion

    Unless the one doing the interviewing feels the same….I’m just saying. Ignorance is EVERYWHERE.

  • Adorkable

    Tweets like the ones above show how “smart” racists are. Hinduism and Islam are two ENTIRELY different religions, Islam has one favored god and Hinduism has many gods. Indians are from India while Arabs are from the Arabian Peninsula. Any idiot can turn what they read in any holy book into their own perspective and justify hurting innocent people because of it. She was born and raised in the United States, hence she is an American. I would like to ask the racists, what does an American look like? If they really want to get ridiculously technical, what about a Native American Miss America? Or would they be angry about that as well?


    I am an Indian Gorkha (nepali speaking Indian) so I have my own share of racism (even in India) so I know what the Indian Americans feel about these racist comments.

    but my question is:-


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