Photos: Miss America Nina Davuluri: Five of India’s Most Beautiful Women
By Toyin Owoseje | Sep 17, 2013 12:18 AM EDT
Nina Davuluri has been crowned Miss America 2014.
The New York-based beauty made history after becoming the first American contestant of Indian origin to win the pageant.
Davuluri wowed the judges at the annual event held at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey with her classical and Bollywood fusion dance.
"I'm so happy this organisation has embraced diversity," Davuluri said. "I'm thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America."
The 24-year-old wants to pursue a career in medicine and intends to apply to medical schools with the help of the scholarship she won at the pageant.
Davuluri joins former Miss World Aishwarya Rai and Slumdog Millionanire star Freida Pinto are just two of the many Indian stars who has enchanted the world with their looks and grace.
IBTimes UK looks at some of them.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri made history after becoming the first Miss America of Indian descent.Source: Reuters Date:09/16/2013
Aishwarya Rai BachchanSource: Reuters Date:09/27/2013
Shilpa Shetty has appeared in over 40 Bollywood films. She was also the first Indian celebrity to appear on the Celebrity version of Big Brother UK. She went on to win the show despite being a target of racist bullying within the house.Source: Reuters Date:09/16/2013
Freida Selena Pinto is best known for playing Latika in Slumdog Millionaire.Source: Reuters Date:09/16/2013
Priyanka Chopra was the winner of the 2000 Miss World beauty pageant before embarking on an acting career. She has starred in a number of Bollywood films.Source: Reuters Date:09/17/2013