Miss America contestants are a combination of beauty, brains and class, and the 2014 pageant, held in Atlantic City on Sunday, Sept. 15, featured 53 such women competing for the crown. Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, ultimately took home the crown, besting out Miss California, Miss Oklahoma, and Miss Florida for the coveted title
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Miss America 2014 winner, Miss New York Nina Davuluri, strutted her stuff onstage in a leopard-print bikini, later boldly brushing off racist reactions following her win. "I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American," she told The Associated Press.