Old photos have resurfaced of Nina Davuluri, the recently crowned Miss America who called last year’s winner Mallory Hagan “fat as f—k,” revealing Miss New York used to be overweight herself.
Radar Online found that Davuluri, 23, blogged on her trainer’s website about how she used to be 170 pounds at five-foot seven-inches tall. However, she quickly lost more than 60 pounds so she could compete in beauty pageants, thanks to the help of trainer Tia Falcone.
“In four years I had put on over 50 pounds and was ashamed of myself for allowing myself to get so out of shape,” she wrote. “I realized that I needed to make some serious changes if I wanted to get healthy and feel confident about myself.”
The brunette beauty went on to explain that competing in pageants and one day being Miss America was the real motivator for her to lose weight.
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“It has always been my dream to become Miss America,” Davuluri wrote. “I kept telling myself that I was too busy with school and other activities to compete. However, the underlying issue was that I was simply too nervous to walk in a swimsuit and heels on stage! It came to the point where I realized I was giving up on my dream simply because of my weight and confidence issues.”
Davuluri has been open about her struggles with her weight, confessing she had bulimia, which was her pageant platform, in a profile from Syrcuse.com.
While Davuluri said her weight loss has made her more confident and able to achieve her goals, which she did on Sunday when she was named Miss America, her svelte figure may have given her a bit of an attitude, too.
Before the Miss America pageant on Sunday, news broke that Davuluri called last year’s Miss America, Mallory Hagan, “fat as f—k” during a taped conversation. The New York Post reported from a source: “Davuluri invited friends back to her hotel room after her win. A girl in the next room overheard their conversation, and was so offended she decided to tape part of it. A friend of Davuluri was supposedly heard making racist remarks, and Davuluri is allegedly heard on the tape blasting Miss America, ‘Mallory’s fat as s- -t.’ The recording has been making the rounds of pageant contestants and officials.”
This has not been the only controversy involving Davuluri this week. During the Miss America pageant and its aftermath, the 24-year-old was the subject of racist rants on Twitter and other social media sites for her Indian heritage. Comments ranged from calling her “Arab” or “Muslim” to saying she had ties to terrorist groups.
However, Davuluri took the high road and said she will overcome the negative comments.
"I have to rise above that," she said. "I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."
"I'm so happy this organization has embraced diversity," she continued. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."