Nina Davuluri made history on September 15, 2013 when she was crowned Miss America. In the pageant’s history she became the first Indian-American to win the coveted title. Her win not only sparked controversy, but it has also re-ignited the conversation about the issue of race, skin colour and beauty.
Immediately after her win, people took to social media with hate, negative words and racist comments regarding her win. If you were on twitter you would have read some of the negative tweets that came from Americans.
Here are a few examples from twitter:
Cade Minnick (@Cademinnick413) “Are you serious??!!! The Arab wins??!!! This is miss AMERICA!!! Not miss Arabia!!! Miss Kansas is in the army and is a country girl!!! C’mon
Jimmy Slimmy – @PolishPoundCake – “You have got to be kidding me… We have a black president, now Miss America is an ARAB. Maybe this world is really coming to an end.”
Anthis – @Anthis12 – “I thought this was Miss America, not Miss Arab.”
Pookie – @Granvil_Colt – “And the Arab wins Miss America. Classic.”
These hurtful, hateful comments are evidence that even though the United States has come a long way with race relations, there is still a deep rooted hatred by some against non-Caucasian Americans. It also was a demonstration of the ignorance of many people. Some even called her a terrorist.
Ms. Davuluri’s win also started a conversation among Indian people about if she would have even won a beauty pageant in South Asia. I explored the issue of skin colour and beauty two years ago on this website and it is a big issue. The reality is that in countries like India, light skin is favoured over dark skin. Skin bleaching creams are the biggest selling beauty products in that country. Women with lighter skin are often perceived as being more beautiful and are usually able to get a husband quicker than darker skinned women. Some are also passed up for jobs in favour of a lighter skinned woman (It can happen with men too but primarily is happens to women).
What’s interesting is Miss America Nina Davuluri would never win pageants in South Asia because she’d be too dark to be considered beautiful
- The Toronto Star
- Huffington Post Women – Why Miss America, Nina Duvaluri Would Never Win Pageants in South Asia
- Huffington Post Style – Miss America 2014 Win Prompts Backlash….
- International Business Times
- Skin Colour & Beauty
- In Touch – Celebrities React on Twitter to Nina Duvaluri Being Named Miss America