BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – The reigning Miss America is bringing her message of diversity to western New York. Syracuse native Nina Davuluri is also the first Indian American to win the pageant. She spoke Thursday at a luncheon hosted by the Commission on the Status of Women.
Davuluri says her goal as Miss America is to promote diversity and understanding of different cultures. It’s cause that’s close to home for her. She says she grew up struggling to find a balance between her American and Indian identities.
Davuluri said, “Be fearless, you never know what opportunities are going to come your way, take that chance. Be yourself, that’s easier said than done, but it’s so easy to lose yourself in today’s society. So, know who you are, love who you are and stand up for who you are.”
Davuluri says she plans to go back to school next year, to get an MBA. She also said this was her first time to Buffalo.