2015 Miss America Pageant
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Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015 is crowned by Nina Daviluri, Miss America 2014
Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, is the new Miss America 2015! She is the third back-to-back Miss New York to win the crown, a first in miss America history. A huge accomplishment for the New York program! The 22-year-old resident of Manhattan bested 51 other contestants tow in a $50,000 scholarship and the coveted title for a year. The 94th Miss America Pageant was held on Sunday, September 14, 2014 at 8:00 pm EST via ABC live from Atlantic City, New Jersey.
During the talent competition Kira sat on the floor cross legged and sang the Pharrell Williams tune “Happy” while clapping a red plastic Solo cup, a scene inspired by the movie “Pitch Perfect”. The unusual performance generated considerable viral activity on social media, including the tweet “The new Miss America is a “Happy” clapper!” The act was even satired in traditional media, with the New York Daily News headline: “Miss New York’s Kira Kazantsev seals her title by pounding #solocup while singing Pharrell Williams’ ‘Happy.‘”
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Kira Kazantsev in talent competition performing “Happy”
The new titleholder will embark on a national speaking tour which will promote her Miss America platform, “Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence”. The platform is based upon Kira’s “own personal struggle with an abusive relationship.” Now, considering herself “stronger than ever”, she says she “is determined to educate others on the issue of domestic violence because love should not hurt.” Additionally, the new Miss America wants to “motivate women to take control and make sure no one else defines their lives.”
During her year of service as Miss America, she wants to partner with corporations that sponsor domestic violence initiatives in hopes of positively impacting the lives of women everywhere.
Additionally, Kira will act as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, and the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.
Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, wins the crown! Third Miss New York in three years!
Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev
During the top five final questions, when Kira was asked the question “There are a record 20 women serving in the senate. What is one specific issue where these women leaders should challenge the male majority and take the lead?”, she replied: “I really believe that assault in our military is an issue that these women have gone to fight for and every single woman that fights in our military deserves the right to be safe and to be happy and to be respected by those she serves with. So those women should go to fight and they are and I’m so proud to be one of their constituents.”
A graduate of Hofstra University, Kira earned numerous academic distinctions including admission to the Honors College, Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society, Gamma Theta Upsilon Geographical Honor Society, Hofstra Presidential Scholarship and Dean’s List. She hopes to obtain a Juris Doctorate and a Master’s degree in Business Administration and to pursue a career in International Diplomacy.
During her year as Miss America she will serve as spokesperson for education as she travels to Washington, D.C., to work with the Department of Education. She announced that she has been accepted to study law at Fordham University Law School.
Kira Kazantsev in Lifestyle & Fitness competition in pink Catalina swimsuit.
Although her sleek physique belies it, Kira’s favorite Food is cheese. “It can also have pasta or pizza under it, but anything with cheese!”, she says. Her favorite sport is golf. “I was a Nike-sponsored golfer at 12. My dad used golf to bond with me at a young age and then, I actually ended up being really good at it!”
Interestingly, during broadcast, co-host Lara Spencer asked head judge Kathy Ireland, the former top model and CEO of her own extensive brand, what qualities she would look for in the swimsuit competition. Ireland, replied, “I’m looking for someone who can captivate, someone who can connect with America and get great results. These women have a servant’s heart and she’s got a huge responsibility ahead of herself. She’s got to communicate in everything she does. I’m looking in the eyes.”
If she could have any secret wish or dream, she says it would be, “In a parallel universe, where I’m a few inches taller, I’m pretty sure I’d be a Radio City Rockette!”
The most influential person in her life, not surprisingly, is her parents. “My parents wanted a different life for me, so they fled the USSR and started in America with nothing. Their actions have shaped my values and goals, and are the greatest influences in my life.
One thing you can’t live without: My family’s support. They have sacrificed everything to make sure that I can pursue my goals. I can always call my mom and she will always put a smile on my face.”
First runner-up, Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett
No doubt, seeing her “happily” clapping daughter crowned Miss America returned that favor. Congratulations to New York’s Kira Kazantsev!