Last night's Miss America pageant came down to two Asian-American contenders: Chinese-American Miss California, Crystal Lee, and Indian-American Miss New York, Nina Davuluri, who calls herself "Miss Diversity" and performed a Bollywood-style dance routine during the talent round. When Davuluri won, she became the pageant's first Indian-American winner. Not bad for a contest that started as a beauty competition for women "of the white race."
Most notable, she did it without whitewashing herself. When Davuluri chose an Indian dance routine, "they told her she'd never win -- too foreign," her personal trainer has said. During the question-and-answer round, Davuluri fielded a question about Julie Chen's confession to surgically altering her formerly Chinese-looking eyes.