Davuluri was one of THREE Asian Americans in the top five finalists, including 4th runner-up Miss MInnesota Rebecca Yeh (who won the Talent competition playing violin, I know, right?) and 1st runner-up Miss California, Crystal Lee.
Davuluri's question in the poise-test round was on "Big Brother" host Julie Chen's revelation of her decision to have plastic surgery. Her answer: She's against it. But in her answer she also managed to drop the following pointed remark: "I've always viewed Miss America as the girl next door. And Miss America is always evolving." As proven tonight.
Update: Barely did the tiara touch her lovely head than the racist ignoramuses began to tweet.
Miss America, Nina Davuluri. Just chillin' at home.
According to one of our fave sites, The Aerogram, newly crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri said in her official video bio that she's kind of a nerd: "I love Star Wars, Star Trek and anything sci-fi!” Admit it, y'all just fell in love again.
And if for some reason she can't perform her duties, her role would be filled by Crystal Lee, Miss California (and before that, Miss Silicon Valley, no kidding) — an intern at DropBox whose platform was women in STEM and whose Twitter feed features lots of hot Pebble smartwatch ogling.
We have arrived, my nerd people: Today, beauty is the geek.
I think the average women are more attractive. But maybe it's just my make heteronormativity speaking?
Note: Apparently our tendency to see averaged-out faces as attractive is a thing--an evolutionary biology thing. Koinophilia is the name of the phenomenon and it is explained by the notion that extreme or odd features may represent harmful mutations. But how does that explain the perception of "exotic" looks as beautiful?
MARVELS AND MONSTERS: UNBOUND is a showcase of amazing short works inspired by the Japanese American National Museum's opening of the exhibition I curated for NYU A/P/A Institute, Marvels & Monsters: Unmasking Asian Images in U.S. Comics, 1942-1986. The showcase features eight works by seven artists (Maritess Zurbano, queen of magic, is represented TWICE) and each piece is a punch in the gut to one of the eight ugly stereotypes that have shadowed Asian Americans since time immemorial: The Lotus Blossom, The Alien, The Brute, The Manipulator, The Brain, the Kamikaze, The Temptress and The Guru.Congratulations to the creators of our showcase:
Can we afford not to have young people like this as citizens?
The Atlantic has a story on kids and homework. Naturally, Asian Americans do their Tiger Momz proud:
But wait! That article is, weirdly, based on 2007 data--e.g., BTM (Before Tiger Mom). There's more recent data out there (PDF) — So what does it say?
"The Boy Genius of Ulan Bator": 16-year-old prodigy Battushig Myanganbayar was discovered through one of MIT's Massively Open Online Courses, where he was one of just 340 people out of 150,000 around the world to get a perfect score in the MOOC's final exam in Circuits and Electronics.
Fox Sports unearthed a recent picture of Sammy Sosa, who has apparently joined the ranks of the undead. Who knew that PEDs had melanin destroying side effects?
The straight poop here: http://orsp.in/14SO60o