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Nina Davuluri          

Thought Leader, Filmmaker, Activist, Performer & Entrepreneur

Nina Davuluri is an acclaimed filmmaker, activist, actor, & entrepreneur. She first gained international recognition by becoming the first Indian American and South Asian to become Miss America 2014.

Her most recent TED Talk, The Cost of Beauty From a Miss America, sparked a much needed conversation around toxic beauty standards and how we can begin to dismantle beauty culture.

As a global leader in redefining beauty standards, she spearheaded a campaign against colorism, #SeeMyComplexion. This led to her being invited by the CEO of L’oréal to join the L’oréal Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Advisory Board, which she currently serves on. Since then, she went to Harvard Business School for Entertainment, Media, & Sports.

The activist in her has combined the network she has cultivated, her love of advocacy, and disrupting global beauty standards by Executive Producing the documentary, #COMPLEXion.

Davuluri’s work in advocacy became apparent when she was first recognized by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama. She's been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, & GMA among several other news & media outlets.

In her spare time, she enjoys walks in her West Village neighborhood with her rescue pup, Dobby, and moonlighting as #SousChefNina experimenting, creating, and tasting fusion recipes!

Speech Topics

Minorities in Business

  • How race, ethnicity, and gender has impacted Nina's business journey as a public facing figure heading an organization
  • Dealing with explicit & implicit racism, misogyny, and xenophobia both in & out of the workplace
  • Communicating effectively and the importance of cultural competency

Women in Corporate America

  • Facing stereotypes and dismantling stigmas
  • How to climb the corporate ladder and have your voice heard
  • Defining your authenticity and bringing it into the workplace

How to Build a Diverse Organization

  • Leading with empathy to empower women and minority employees
  • Exploring how we can empower both ourselves and those around us
  • Why a diverse team can be your competitive advantage


Unilever's 'Fair & Lovely' to get makeover after backlash | Reuters
“This is a big win, but it's only the beginning,” Nina Davuluri, who in 2014 became the first Indian American to be crowned Miss America, told Reuters.
Companies under fire for skin-lightening creams: "They need to ban ...
When Nina Davuluri was crowned Miss America, becoming the first Indian Miss America, not everyone was celebrating her barrier-breaking win. In India, where ...
Criticism of Skin Lighteners Brings Retreat by Unilever and Johnson ...
Nina Davuluri, the first Indian-American to win the Miss America pageant in 2014, has been working to fight colorism.Credit...Mike Coppola/Getty Images for ...

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