The Miss America Organization crowned a new winner on Sunday and in the process made history: Nina Davuluri, 24, took the prestigious title and became the first woman of Indian heritage to wear the crown. Hailing from New York, Davaluri gives the Empire State its second win in a row, as the lucky state's representative took the title last year too.
But not everyone was happy about the win. Twitter exploded with racist comments about the winner, such as the one from Meredith Talley: “This is Miss America…Not Miss Foreign country.”
With all the outrage and controversy, one has to wonder if the press, both good and bad, will have a positive influence on the organization and pageant, which has been running for 75 years. Some argue the contest is dated and doesn’t truly reflect modern women.
We invited reporter Rebecka Schumann to weigh in on the issues and the controversy. Does the world of pageants have a place in modern society, and will the social media outrage boost interest or breed racism?