Fayetteville native Nina Davuluri has been crowned Miss America. (Ida Mae Astute, ABC)
Photos: Nina Davuluri crowned Miss America
Syracuse (WSYR-TV) - Two days after being crowned Miss America, Fayetteville native Nina Davuluri talked with NewsChannel 9's Carrie Lazarus about the experience and her ties to Central New York.
Davuluri said the support from the community has been amazing and that it’s an honor to represent this area.
"They really made me feel like Miss America before I was Miss America, and I will always hold that close to my heart,” she said. "The community of Syracuse, even when I was Miss Syracuse, was so supportive and so receptive."
Davuluri is the first woman of Indian descent with win the Miss America title, and said it was a historic night.
She also looked back at another Miss Syracuse who went on to be named Miss America three decades ago.
"What's so surreal about this entire experience is that 30 years ago to the very same date, Vanessa Williams did the same exact thing," Davuluri said. "We were both former Miss Syracuse, we went on to be Miss New York and were historic Miss Americas."
Williams was the first African American to win the title.
Davuluri said she knows that Miss America is often in a different place every 48 hours and said she is looking forward to sharing her journey with America.
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