Nina Davuluri, born April 20, 1989, Miss America 2014, is the first Indian American (and second Asian American) to be chosen as Miss America. She was the first to perform a Bollywood dance on the Miss America stage.
When Nina was six months old, she was brought to India to live with her grandmother until she moved back to the United States to be with her parents at the age of two and a half. Nina continued to travel to India every year to study Indian Dance, which later became the winning talent that helped her capture the Miss America crown.
After being inspired by her sister to pursue pageantry, Nina competed in and won the Miss Southwest Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2005 where she went on to win Miss Michigan's Outstanding Teen 2006. Nina placed first runner up at the Miss America's Outstanding Teen pageant in 2007.
Nina took a few years off from pageantry and earned a Bachelor of Science in Brain Behavior and Cognitive Science from the University of Michigan in 2011.
Having moved back to New York, Nina competed and won the title of Miss Greater Rochester 2012. She placed second runner up at the Miss New York competition that year. Nina returned to the Miss New York stage in 2013 as Miss Syracuse and captured the title of Miss New York 2013, which guaranteed her participation at the Miss America 2014 competition. Nina was crowned Miss America, which gave New York back-to-back wins.
During her time as Miss America, Nina faced backlash on social media. She was the first Miss America to receive xenophobic comments about being a terrorist or Muslim extremist, as well as being of Indian heritage, on social media.
Nina works as a motivational speaker where she discusses the importance of gender equality and diversity. She is also the host of the reality show Made in America. In 2018, Nina co-founded her skincare company called Aavrani