Watching Miss America is a great way to end your Sunday night, and the one we saw at on the 15th was extra special. With Miss New York Nina Davuluri now crowned Miss America, we were excited to see that diversity is appreciated by the Miss America judges as the first woman of Indian heritage to win the title. But it seems not everyone shared this view point. Social media took to arms and made comments about Davuluri’s ethnicity reminiscent of when Vanessa Williams was the first African American woman to be crowned Miss America.
With shows like “Toddlers and Tiaras” giving a bad name for the pageant world, and some of the things that you see on that show are questionable, it seems unfair to condemn the practice of pageants completely. The women who participate there say that they have learned great life skills that have helped them boost their confidence, like this example: http://www.buzzfeed.com/ashleym36/confessions-of-a-former-toddler-in-a-tiara-a-defense-of-the .
The women in these pageants, especially this year’s, should serve as an inspiration to young girls everywhere. Miss Kansas is a sergeant in the U.S. Army and these women can win prizes like scholarships to further their education. So whatever the world may say, we say congratulations Miss Davuluri for winning the crown!