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Miss America Nina Davuluri meets Barack Obama at the White House

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Nina Davuluri meets Barack Obama
Washington, Oct 16; Recently crowned Miss America Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to have won the coveted beauty pageant, met US President Barack Obama on Wednesday when she visited the White House.

"Had the pleasure of having a conversation with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office today!" Davuluri twitted shortly after meeting Obama.

"Miss America participated in a group photo with the President in honour of the Children's Miracle Network Hospital Champions," a White House official said.

"Following the photo, she briefly visited the Oval Office," the official said.

Nina Davuluri faced extreme racial abuse on social media after the pageant

Incidentally, Obama had referred to Miss America during his meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh last month. "Now Miss America is of Indian-American descent. I think it's a signal of how close our countries are," Obama said in his remarks.

Davuluri became the first Indian-American ever to be crowned as Miss America in September. "I'm so proud to be the first Miss America of Indian descent,” she said after winning the pageant. But shortly after winning the pageant, she was racially abused on social media.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet blockquote"><p>Had the pleasure of having a conversation with President <a href="https://twitter.com/BarackObama">@BarackObama</a> in the Oval Office today! <a href="https://twitter.com/NinaDavuluri">@NinaDavuluri</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Celebration13&src=hash">#Celebration13</a></p>— Nina Davuluri (@MissAmerica) <a href="https://twitter.com/MissAmerica/statuses/390491332277714945">October 16, 2013</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

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