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- [Photo: Bruce Boyajian/The Miss America Organization]
- How do you keep the crown on? I've never had luck getting combs or pins to stay in place! Does it itch, poke or give you a headache? It's actually pretty light! There's an elastic on the base of the crown, so I just Bobby-pin it to my ha
- Do the Miss America contestants get along? Absolutely. I walked away with a close group of three really good friends: Miss Arkansas, Miss Virginia, and Miss Illinois. Miss Arkansas is actually getting married in the fall, and all of us
- How grueling is Miss America pageant training? It is a preparation process. And the thing about the organization and competing in this is that you have to be well-rounded. It's not just about one aspect, it's not just about your swimsui
- What's the story behind the yellow dress you wore when you won? I actually helped design it. My favorite Disney princess is Belle from Beauty and the Beast. I think I dressed up as her for like three Halloweens in a row just to
- Is it true that Miss America contestants use Vaseline on their teeth? I think that's a Miss Congeniality rumor. I've never seen it, I've never used it. I've used it on my lips, but not on my teeth. [Photo: Matt Boyd Photograph
- Is there something you always carry with you on the road? Yes. I love Quest bars. They are the best protein bars I've ever had, and I've been eating them forever. So I definitely always have
After being crowned Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri was the victim of ugly social-media backlash (she's the first Indian American to take the crown; this didn't sit well with some folks.) Through it all, she's maintained admirable composure, been a vocal proponent of cultural awareness, and started the Circles of Unity campaign to celebrate diversity.
Tomorrow night, she'll appear at Macy's on State Street at 5:30 p.m. as part of the retailer's tour to honor Asian-Pacific Heritage month. The event will offer a live Bollywood-style performance, and a Q&A with Davuluri to address the issues she holds dear. Because we'd hate to double efforts, this isn't that kind of Q&A.
In advance of her appearance, we asked friends, co-workers, and readers to tell us: "What have you always wanted to ask Miss America?" The questions we got involved everything from the weight of the crown to applying Vaseline on teeth. Davuluri gamely filled us in on these topics and more; see what she had to say below.