Nina Davuluri may have won the title of Miss America, but she didn’t immediately win the hearts of America. The critical powerhouse known as Twitter almost erupted in racist tweets Sunday after the 24-year-old made history as the first Indian-American to win the beauty competition.
“If you’re #Miss America you should have to be American,” one woman tweeted.
“How the f–k does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab! #idiots,” a man added.
“Miss America? You mean Miss 7-11,” another user chimed in.
Despite the hate-spewed comments, the reigning Miss New York said she’s glad to represent change.
“I’m so happy this organization has embraced diversity,” the Syracuse native said in a press conference after her win. “I’m thankful there are children watching at home who can finally relate to a new Miss America.”
“I have to rise above that,” she continued. “I always viewed myself as first and foremost American.”
Tyra Banks took to her Twitter account to offer Nina, who has remain posed in the midst of racial attacks, some much-needed love:
Questlove also tweeted:
Pam Grier chimed in:
Celebs weren’t the only ones to offer their support to the beauty queen. Her 89-year-old grandmother had some kind words to say as well. “I am very, very, happy for the girl,” V Koteshwaramma said. “It was her dream and it was fulfilled.”
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1. Vanessa Williams
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2. Halle Berry
In 2002, she became the first Black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress.
3. Toni Morrison
She became the first Black woman to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993.
4. Vonetta Flowers
In 2002 the first Black woman won a gold medal in the winter Olympics.
5. Tyra Banks
In 1997 she became the first Black model to appear on the cover of 'Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition'
6. Condoleeza Rice
She became the first Black female appointed Secretary Of State in 2005 after becoming first Black woman to serve as the National Security adviser.
7. Beverly Johnson
The first Black supermodel was the first to Black woman the grace the covers of 'Elle' and American 'Vogue' magazines in the 1970s.