Finally tonight, miss america making all kinds of history this year. For the first time a woman of indian heritage but that's one of many break through moments for a contrast steepd in tradition. How... See More
Finally tonight, miss america making all kinds of history this year. For the first time a woman of indian heritage but that's one of many break through moments for a contrast steepd in tradition. How we celebrate the girl next door is modernizing its image. Reporter: There they were, the two finalists, both knowing this night would be like no other in pageant history. We're making history right here standing here as asian americans -- Reporter: But only one could win. Miss america is -- new york! Nina davulri, an aspiring immediate student and the first miss american to win the crown. The girl next year is e involving as diversity. Reporter: In 1984 vanessa williams became the first african-american miss america. From 1921 to 1970 the pageant was an all white cookie cutter affair. These were the contestants back in 1989. These were the ladies on stage last night. We met miss kansas, a tattooed army sergeant. You can carry a gun? I can. Miss iowa born without a left arm and miss florida sporting a bye dazzling leg brace after taking a fall. Some pageant traditions will never change. But some do. Miss new york won with a boly wood inspired dance. Some ugly comments popped up on twitter. If you are miss america, you should have to be american. Born in new york, she brushed it off, tweeting she's proud to be america's girl next door. That's all for us tonight.
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