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OUAB to bring ‘modern’ Miss America Nina Davuluri to Ohio State’s stage

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Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri is set to speak at OSU Jan. 27. Credit: Courtesy of Andy Jones, Creative Commons license

Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri is set to speak at OSU Jan. 27.
Credit: Courtesy of Andy Jones, Creative Commons license

A pageant princess will soon take the stage at Ohio State to transmit a message about more than beauty.

Miss America Nina Davuluri is set to come to OSU Jan. 27 in an event titled “Modern Miss America,” sponsored by the Ohio Union Activities Board in collaboration with the Asian American Association.

Representing the state of New York, Davuluri was crowned Miss America 2014 Sept. 15, becoming the first woman of Indian heritage and second consecutive contestant from New York to be honored with the reign. Her win, however, was met with a slew of controversy, as some critics said her Asian descent was not stereotypically American enough for her to deserve the position when compared with other contestants.

Davuluri is set to promote her platform, “Celebrating Diversity Through Cultural Competency,” throughout 2014. After working to address these issues for years, she decided to launch “a new social media campaign to encourage constructive and civil dialogue on diversity issues,” according to the Miss America website.

The event is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Union Performance Hall. Tickets are set to be released 5 p.m. Wednesday at the Ohio Union Information Center and are free for Columbus campus students with a valid BuckID.

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