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In September of 2013, Nina Davuluri of New York, was crowned Miss America. Following the pageant, Davuluri, an Indian American, born in New York, was confronted with extreme racial turmoil. Social medias flooded with inappropriate racial slurs against the stunning, olive skinned beauty queen. Here is some of the critism Davuluri faced by many ignorant Americans:   http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/a-lot-of-people-are-very-upset-that-an-indian-american-woman


In response to this, Davuluri told CNN, "I have always viewed Miss America as the girl next door... but the girl next door is evolving, as the diversity of America evolves... She's not who she was 10 years ago, and she's not going to be the same person come 10 years down the road." 

This quote really made me think. As we explore the beauty practices of different regions around the world, its good to acknowledge that our own country is becoming more and more diverse. Our country, the melting pot of the world, has a large population of every culture we focused on. And as much as we might believe the practices of each culture may be so drastically different, each are constantly surrounding us. The United States no longer represents a vision of primarily Western beauty characteristics, but the beauty of a vast diversity of cultures together in one area. Now that is beautiful.

-Raven

For the full CNN article with Nina Davulri: 
http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/18/us/miss-america-nina-davuluri/ 
  

 





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