Miss New York Nina Davuluri (left) reacts after winning the Miss America 2014 pageant as Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan approaches her, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
Nina Davuluri, 24, was crowned Miss America Sunday night in Atlantic City, where the original Miss America was held in 1921.
This is the second consecutive win for New York. She succeeds Mallory Hagan, who is also from New York.
Miss America contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri celebrates with other contestants after winning.
The pageant includes 53 contestants — one from each state, plus the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands — in swimsuit, evening gown, talent, and interview competitions.
Davuluri performed a classical Bollywood fusion dance for her talent competition.
Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after advancing beyond the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J.
Among 12 contestants who advanced to the semifinals of Sunday’s Miss America finale were Miss Kansas, the tattooed Army sergeant who was a favorite among many viewers, and the injured Miss Florida, who wore a bejeweled knee brace.
Maryland, Connecticut, Missouri, Oklahoma, New York, Wisconsin, Texas, California, Georgia, and Minnesota also advanced to the semifinals.
After swimming in the Atlantic City waters Monday morning, she will head to the scene of a devastating boardwalk fire in the New Jersey communities of Seaside Park and Seaside Heights on Monday afternoon.
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