A model of Indian origin, Nina Davuluri, has won Miss America 2014 title.The first Miss American of Indian origin was crowned the Miss America title on September 15, 2013. The Indian-American and the Asian-American community was overjoyed on the victory of Nina and the Runner-up Miss California Crystal Lee is a Chinese-American. Crystal said, "We’re making history standing here as Asian Americans."
Born on April 20, 1989 in Syracuse, New York, Nina had won the Miss New York 2013 title – a path to the Miss America participation. Back in 2006, she was also the Runner-up for Miss Teen America. To compete in Miss America, Nina had taken a whole year of preparation.
Miss was crowned by her predecessor, Miss America 2013, Sharon Oliver. Nina received a $10,000 scholarship.
Nina’s father, Davuluri Koteshwara Choudhary, is a gynecologist affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital and her mother Sheila Ranjani is a software engineer. They both came to USA from Andra Pradesh, India in 1981.
Davuluri was born in Syracuse, New York, but moved to Oklahoma at age four and later to St. Joseph Michigan. She attended college at the University of Michigan. Along with her family, she moved back to the Syracuse suburb of Fayetteville in the mid-2000s, where her father is a gynecologist affiliated with St. Joseph’s Hospital.