Priya rises above vile racist taunts

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - INSIDER -

MISS Uni­verse Aus­tralia Priya Ser­rao has spo­ken of be­ing the tar­get of racist school­yard slurs af­ter mov­ing to Aus­tralia.

Ser­rao was born in In­dia and moved to Mel­bourne with her fam­ily at the age of 11.

“In terms of my ex­pe­ri­ence grow­ing up, when I first came here I did ex­pe­ri­ence a bit of, kind of, racism par­tic­u­larly from other stu­dents,” Ser­rao told the Shame­less pod­cast.

“There was a bit of that racial un­der­ly­ing ‘go back to where you come from’.”

She said she was called of­fen­sive names in­clud­ing: “you curry c-word” and “a brown mon­key”.

“It did not sub­side within the first cou­ple of years,” Ser­rao said. “Even I af­ter I won Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia there were peo­ple on­line say­ing, ‘she is not even Aus­tralian’ so why would I want to make my­self even less Aus­tralian by say­ing, ‘hey, I had a dif­fi­cult time when I first grew up here.”

Priya Ser­rao is Miss Uni­verse Aus­tralia.

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