Miss America CEO Sam Haskell opened the event by publicly apologizing to Vanessa. "On behalf of today's organization, I want to apologize for anything that was said or done that made you feel any less the Miss America you are and the Miss America you always will be"
Miss America is evolving. And she's not going to look the same anymore."
City-based relatives of Nina Davuluri, who today became the first Indian-origin contestant to win the Miss America pageant, said the newly-crowned beauty queen had not forgotten her roots and still liked Indian films.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri is the new Miss America, but a barrage of racist tweets quickly greeted the crowning of the first winner of Indian descent.
Nina Davuluri, the first Miss America of Indian-origin, has a degree in Brain Behaviour and Cognitive Medicine from University of Michigan. She plans to be apply to medical school with her prize money, and be a doctor like her father.