June 28, 2022

Nina Davuluri Biography, Age, Career, Miss America, and Controversies

Nina Davuluri Biography

Nina Davuluri is an American public speaker and advocate and currently the host of the reality show “Made In America” on Zee TV America. Along with this, she also hosts charity events nationally and internationally. She is also known for winning the Miss America contest in 2014 and being the first contestant of Indian descent to win the competition. Her win instigated the dialogue in India over colorism, discrimination based on skin color.

Since then, she has worked as a speaker and advocate for gender and civil rights. She also founded the skincare company “Ayurveda Aavrani” in 2018.

Nina Davuluri Age

She was born on the 20th of April 1989 in Syracuse, New York, United States. As of 2018, she is 29 years old.

Nina Davuluri Family

She was born to Sheela Davuluri, an Information technology specialist, and Koteswara Davuluri, a gynecologist, who were Telugu-speaking Hindu parents from India. She has an elder sister, Meena Davuluri who has an M.D. degree and an M.P.H. degree.

Nina Davuluri Career

Her interest in beauty pageants piqued when she was 16 years old after her sister won the Miss St. Joseph title. As she was too young to participate in pageants then, she got involved with Miss America’s teen division in Michigan. There she won the Miss Southwest Michigan Outstanding Teen 2005 followed by Miss Southwest Michigan Outstanding Teen 2006 and was first runner-up to the 2007 Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. She stopped competing for a while to complete her education until she graduated from the University of Michigan. She came back to pageants to fund her graduate school. In 2012, as a New York resident, she won the title of Miss Greater Rochester, followed by second place in the Miss New York pageant.

In 2013, she won Miss Syracuse title, then Miss New York 2013 and after, held a party in her hotel room. In 2014, she became the first Indian-American to win the Miss America Pageant. She is also the second Asian American contestant to win the title of Miss America after Angela Perez Baraquio in 2001. For her talent performance, she danced to the song “Dhoom Taana” drawing on her background in Kuchipudi and Bharatanatyam.

Nina Davuluri Miss America 2014

As Speaker and Advocate:

She has been working as a public speaker and advocate addressing topics ranging from diversity and gender equality, as well as promoting STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics) education. She has spoken in a variety of venues both political and diplomatic. She also participated in the 2015 Global Entrepreneurship Summit Youth and Women Day in Nairobi in July 2015. She was part of an official March 2016 tour for the U.S. State Department to discuss women’s education held in Mumbai, Hyderabad, and Vijayawada.

Aftermath of Nina Davuluri Winning the Miss America Title

After winning the Miss America title in 2014, she was targeted by American social media with xenophobic and racist comments demanding to know why Nina was chosen over Miss Kansas Theresa Vail, misidentified her as Muslim or Arab. She announced that she could handle the social media comments as she faced a similar situation when she was crowned Miss New York. Nina Davuluri was backed up a lot of influential people denouncing the social media attacks she was undergoing. The Students at Duke University, together with Yale University’s Asian American Cultural Center and the South Asian Society; George Takei, American actor, director, author, and activist; Miss Kansas Theresa Vail; Congresswoman Grace Meng along with many others stood beside Nina Davuluri in defense of he winning the title.

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