Indian-origin Miss America shows evolving US ideal
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Shortly before she was crowned the first Miss America of Indian descent, Nina Davuluri was asked about a Chinese American celebrity who admitted undergoing surgery to reshape her eyes.
In the interview before a national audience Sunday, 24-year-old Davuluri tactfully avoided criticising television personality Julie Chen but made clear that she would do nothing similar.
"I've always viewed Miss America as the girl next door. And the girl next door is evolving as the diversity in America evolves," said Ms Davuluri, who was born in Syracuse, New York, to parents from the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.
"I wouldn't want to change someone's looks or appearance, but definitely be confident in who you are," she said.