Miss New York Nina Davuluri is under fire after she was reportedly caught on tape calling the reigning Miss America, Mallory Hagan, fat as ... expletive.
According to Page Six, another beauty queen recorded Davuluri blasting Hagan, who was Miss New York a year ago before winning the Miss America crown.
Nina Davuluri allegedly made the comments in a hotel room after being named the Empire State's top beauty pageant queen on July 16 on Staten Island.
"Davuluri invited friends back to her hotel room after her win," a source said.
"A girl in the next room overheard the conversation, and was so offended she decided to tape it. A friend of Davuluri's was supposedly heard making racist remarks."
"Davuluri is allegedly heard on the tape blasting Miss America, ‘Mallory's fat as f--k.' The [tape] has been making the rounds of pageant contestants and officials."
The source adds that Davuluri's attacks on Mallory Hagan "were brought to the board of the Miss America pageant," and it looks like the tape is legit.
Davuluri reportedly sent a Facebook message to Hagan denying offensive comments on her part, but not denying that remarks were made. She writes:
"I want to apologize for the awful statements made by people in my room."
"There were people who claimed to be my supporters and said things I never agreed with, nor supported. I was never a part of the words or statements that may have been hurtful."
"I'm sorry if someone said something that was inappropriate."
A new Miss America will be crowned Sunday night. Who will succeed Mallory? Nina? Miss Kansas Theresa Vail? All we can do is stay tuned and see.
UPDATE: Nina Davuluri WON Miss America 2014! Bet it was an awkward handing over of the tiara, based on this little bit of history between them.
The Syracuse, N.Y. native is the first Indian-American winner of the Miss America crown, and thanked the pageant Sunday for its celebration of diversity.
UPDATE #2: As expected (sadly), Nina's historic win was not greeted by many viewers with praise or even apathy, but by the obligatory racist Tweets.
UPDATE #3: Davluri has denied the report on GMA.