The newly crowned Miss America has received vile Twitter abuse expressing anger a "terrorist", "foreigner" and "Muslim" won - despite the fact she is a Hindu-practising American of Indian descent.

Nina Davuluri took the title in Atlantic City on Sunday night and thanked the organisers who she said had "embraced diversity".

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Entrants this year included a tattooed army veteran and a woman without part of her lower arm

A number of Twitter users did not share her enthusiasm.


Dallas Robinson
I am literarily soo mad right now a ARAB­čĹ│ won


Jake Amick
How the fuck does a foreigner win miss America? She is a Arab!


Emily
It's called Miss America. Get outta here New York you look like a terrorist.


Emily
If a Muslim wins this pageant. Lord help me.

Outspoken right-wing Fox News commentator, Todd Starnes, suggested Davuluri "didn't represent American values" - which he then helpfully outlined.


toddstarnes
The liberal Miss America judges won't say this - but Miss Kansas lost because she actually represented American values.


toddstarnes
Apparently the liberal Miss America Pageant judges weren't ready for a patriotic, gun-toting, deer-hunting Miss America.

Thankfully however, for every ignorant tweet there were many more others who defended Davuluri who is the first woman of Indian descent to win the contest.


Patrick Pho
Woke up to find out that the first Miss America of Indian descent was crowned last night. Love it!


Danfito
Really disappointed with how the people in our country are acting because of the Miss America winner. She's an American, get over it.


Claudia Tran
Wishing I had time today to write a column on the hateful responses to Nina Davuluri winning Miss America. Racism still exists.

Davuluri won the competition with a routine that included a Bollywood fusion dance.

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  • Nina Davuluri

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri poses for photographers after being crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Ivana Hall

    La Se├▒orita Texas, Ivana Hall, hace con su mano la se├▒al de los cuernos largos del ganado de su estado durante el concurso de belleza Miss America 2014 en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Mel Evans))

  • Nina Davuluri

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri poses for photographers following her crowning as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Carly Mathis

    La Se├▒orita Georgia, Carly Mathis, agradece a la multitud porque avanz├│ m├ís all├í de la prueba de vida y estilo durante el concurso de belleza Miss Am├ęrica 2014 en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Mel Evans)

  • Ivana Hall

    La Se├▒orita Texas, Ivana Hall, hace con su mano la se├▒al de los cuernos largos del ganado de su estado durante el concurso de belleza Miss America 2014 en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Mel Evans))

  • Mallory Hagan

    Miss Nueva York, Nina Davuluri, es coronada Miss America 2014 por su antecesora, Mallory Hagan, en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Julio Cortez)

  • Myrrhanda Jones

    La Se├▒orita Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, durante la prueba de traje de ba├▒o en el concurso de belleza Miss America 2014 en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Mel Evans)

  • Nina Davuluri

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri talks to the press during a news conference following her crowning as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Myrrhanda Jones

    La Se├▒orita Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, durante la prueba de traje de ba├▒o en el concurso de belleza Miss America 2014 en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Mel Evans)

  • Shaina Millan

    La Se├▒orita Puerto Rico, Shaina Millan, espera en la entrada del Boardwalk Hall antes del inicio de concurso de belleza Miss America en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Julio Cortez)

  • Carly Mathis

    La Señorita Georgia, Carly Mathis, agradece a la multitud porque avanzó más allá de la prueba de vida y estilo durante el concurso de belleza Miss America 2014 en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Mel Evans)

  • Shaina Millan

    La Se├▒orita Puerto Rico, Shaina Millan, espera en la entrada del Boardwalk Hall antes del inicio de concurso de belleza Miss America en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Julio Cortez)

  • Nina Davuluri

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri reacts after being named Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Myrrhanda Jones

    La Se├▒orita Florida, Myrrhanda Jones, durante la prueba de traje de ba├▒o en el concurso de belleza Miss Am├ęrica 2014 en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Mel Evans)

  • Kelsey Griswold

    Miss Oklahoma Kelsey Griswold, right, reacts before answering a question during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Nina Davuluri

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri, center, is approached by contestants after Davuluri was crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Nina Davuluri

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks on the runway after being crowned as Miss America 2014, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Mallory Hagan

    Miss Nueva York, Nina Davuluri, es coronada Miss Am├ęrica 2014 por su antecesora, Mallory Hagan, en Atlantic City, Nueva Jersey, el domingo 15 de septiembre de 2013. (AP Foto/Julio Cortez)

  • Nina Davuluri

    Miss New York Nina Davuluri walks down the runway after winning the the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Carly Mathis

    Miss Georgia Carly Mathis performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Crystal Lee

    Miss California Crystal Lee performs during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Myrrhanda Jones

    Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones gestures after performing during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Carly Mathis

    Miss Georgia Carly Mathis acknowledges the crowd after advancing beyond the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Paula Mae Kuiper, Ivana Hall

    Miss Wisconsin Paula Mae Kuiper, right, reacts after finding out she's advancing beyond the lifestyle round as Miss Texas Ivana Hall congratulates her during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • Theresa Vail

    Miss Kansas Theresa Vail shows her bathing suit during the lifestyle competition during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Samantha Russo

    Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo dances while walking with other contestants during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Mariah Cook, Randi Sundquist, Anna Laura Bryan, Calista Kirby

    Miss America pageant alumni, from left, Miss Nebraska Mariah Cook, Miss Nevada Randi Sundquist, Miss Alabama Anna Laura Bryan, and Miss South Dakota Calista Kirby pose for a photograph before the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. The former misses participated in last year's contest in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

  • Kaitlyn Tarpey, Carly Mathis

    Miss Connecticut Kaitlyn Tarpey, right, hugs Miss Georgia Carly Mathis during the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

  • The 2014 Miss America Competition - Show

    ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: Miss America 2014 contestant Miss New York Nina Davuluri (R) is crowned 2014 Miss America by 2013 Miss America as Miss California Crystal Lee looks on during the Miss America Competition at Boardwalk Hall Arena on September 15, 2013 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images)

  • Kelsey Fournier, Calista Kirby

    Miss America pageant alumni Miss South Dakota Calista Kirby, left, and Miss Rhode Island Kelsey Fournier take a photograph of themselves with a phone before the Miss America 2014 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. The former misses participated in last year's contest in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Addressing the abuse after her win she said: "I have to rise above that. I always viewed myself as first and foremost American."

She intends to use her prize money to study at medical school, reports the Evening Standard.