By: Leah Uko
OMAHA (KPTM) – Nina Davuluri said her dream was to use pageantry to promote diversity and culture. The 24-year-old's dream became reality when she was crowned Miss America last weekend.
Some people criticized the decision because Davuluri is of Indian descent.
A group of girls at the Westside Boys and Girls Club took a look at Davuluri's photos and described her as "different", "unique", "happy" and "really pretty".
None of them mentioned race.
"Really it doesn't matter where you're from or how you speak," said Allison Carr. "I believe everyone is just a person and everyone is how they are and shouldn't really judge them upon that."
Carr, 14, Haleigh Henry-Fewell, 13, Diauvion Conner, 12 and Destiny Lomell, 13, said though they felt Davuluri was pretty, that wasn't enough to impress and inspire them. The group of girls said beauty was more about telling what one knows, as opposed to showing what one has.
"Looks aren't going to get you everywhere. It's usually your education," said Henry-Fewell.
The girls were on a robotics team. To them, achievement was a high grade point average. So they were impressed that Davuluri was aspiring to become a doctor and planned to use the $50,000 she won to fund her studies.
"You have to have a brain and you have to be able to be good at something that will get you through life," said Carr.
At ages 12, 13 and 14, they understood the difference between admiring and idolizing someone's looks.
"If you look up to her because of her looks, you can try and like copy, but you won't be able to." Carr continued. "Because you look the way you do and you can't really change that."
Neither Davuluri's hair, smile, body or race made her relatable to them—it was her intelligence.
Henry-Fewell added personality to the list.
"I think that your education and your morals and the way you are to your peers and the way you act around other people and the way you act to yourself is what beauty is."
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