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New Miss America Takes Traditional Dip in Atlantic Ocean

Miss America Nina Davuluri on the sands of Atlantic City beach. photo courtesy of Michael Ein/Getty Images

It’s a scene we haven’t seen in recent years–the newly crowned Miss America christening her freshly-minted reign with a walk in the ocean off Atlantic City beach.  But that’s exactly what Nina Davuluri was able to do today thanks to the pageant’s return.

The 24-year old New Yorker made history last night at Boardwalk Hall becoming the first Miss America of Indian decent.  Her Bollywood-themed dance routine wow the crowd and gave her the edge over her fellow contestants in the talent round of competition.


Davuluri upholds the defense of New York’s claim on the Miss America crown.  2013 winner Mallory Hagan also represented the Big Apple state.

Davuluri headed for her home state after her morning in the water where she was scheduled to meet with former Miss America Vanessa Williams, who was crowned 30 years ago in Atlantic City, according to

Nina told Good Morning America during a Boardwalk Hall-side interview that she plans to use her $50000 scholarship for her won to pay for medical school. She comes from a medical family – her father is a doctor and her older sister is in her third year of medical school.

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