Miss New York crowned 2014 Miss America

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Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri (in front) is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America Mallory Hagan during the Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)
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  • ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. - The new Miss America says she's delighted the pageant embraces diversity.

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

    The 24-year-old Davuluri won the title as the nationally televised pageant returned home to Atlantic City.

    In a press conference after winning the title, the Syracuse native who wants to become a doctor said she's glad children watching the pageant "can finally relate to a new Miss America."

    Davuluri performed a classical Bollywood fusion dance for her talent competition.

    After the traditional frolic in the Atlantic City surf Monday morning, she will head to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside park and Seaside Heights Monday afternoon.

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