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Kira Kazantsev

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Residence  Los Angeles
Role  Beauty queen
Siblings  Boris Kazantsev
Name  Kira Kazantsev
Predecessor  Nina Davuluri
Successor  Betty Cantrell
Height  5 ft 5 in (1.65 m)
Education  Hofstra University

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Born  July 20, 1991 (age 24) (1991-07-20) San Francisco, California, U.S.
Title  Miss City of New York 2014 Miss New York 2014 Miss America 2015
Term  September 14, 2014 – September 13, 2015
Parents  Julia Kazantsev, George Kazantsev

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Kira Kazantsev (born July 20, 1991) is an American beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss America 2015 on September 14, 2014. She is the third consecutive Miss America winner from New York and had won the title of Miss New York on May 24, 2014 while serving as Miss City of New York. Her talent was singing with cup percussion to "Happy" by Pharrell Williams. She is an advocate for women and is raising awareness about domestic violence with her platform "Love Shouldn't Hurt".


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Early life

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Kazantsev was born on July 20, 1991 in San Francisco, California, to Russian immigrants who left Moscow in 1990 for the United States, making her a first-generation American. Kazantsev stated in a Miss New York video that she has lived in San Francisco, Chicago, Lexington, San Antonio and New York City. Her father, George, is a general surgeon and her mother, Julia (née Afrikian), is a real-estate broker. She has a brother, Boris, who is three years younger. At age 13, she reigned as Miss California Preteen while attending Walnut Creek Intermediate. At 16, she served as Miss California Jr. She graduated from Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek where she served as student body president in 2009. She was also a member of the high school varsity cheerleading squad. She attended Hofstra University with a triple major in political science, global studies, and geography. She chose Hofstra because of its close proximity to New York City and a generous scholarship. During her time at Hofstra, she was in the honors college, which requires a 3.6 G.P.A., and during her junior year, she studied abroad in Barcelona.

Miss New York 2013

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Kazantsev competed in the Miss New York 2013 pageant as Miss Cosmopolitan. She placed in the Top 10.

Miss New York 2014

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The following year, Kazantsev competed in the Miss New York 2014 pageant as Miss City of New York. She won the title of Miss New York 2014 and was crowned by Miss New York 2013 Amanda Mason.

Miss America 2015

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Kazantsev was one of the 52 competing delegates in the Miss America 2015 competition held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. She was crowned by outgoing Miss America 2014, Nina Davuluri, beating out first runner-up Miss Virginia 2014 Courtney Garrett. She was the third consecutive Miss New York to earn the title of Miss America. Her win made New York the first state to have a Miss America winner three years in a row. For her "talent", she sang "Happy" by Pharrell Williams as she used a red plastic cup as a percussion, in a manner that was similar to Anna Kendrick's character in the movie Pitch Perfect and Kendrick's "Cups" music video. During the on-stage question portion of the contest, she was asked what issue women in the senate need to put on the forefront. Kazantsev stated that she felt military sexual assault needed attention and resources of women in congress. She noted that she was happy that female politicians were already doing so, and proud to be a constituent of one of these women (Kirsten Gillibrand). Apart from the title, Kira won a $50,000 scholarship provided in part by Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and the Miss America Organization to continue her education, which she intends to use towards law school. She is a graduate of Hofstra University with a triple major in Political Science, Global Studies and Geography and wants to specialize in international law upon receiving her law degree.

Personal life

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Kazantsev is from California, but she moved to New York six years prior to winning Miss America. As Miss New York, she resided in the Murray Hill neighborhood of Midtown Manhattan. She moved to New York to attend Hofstra University and has been accepted to Notre Dame Law School and Fordham Law School, among others. Kazantsev is fluent in Russian and studied Spanish. She has had summer internships at a political consultancy in Washington, DC, served as a volunteer for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand's 2012 re-election campaign, waited tables, interned at a local affiliate of Planned Parenthood, launched a food blog and served as a hostess. She cites her personal experience with domestic violence as the inspiration and dedication to her platform "Love Shouldn't Hurt": Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence.

In September 2014, relying on unnamed sources, feminist blog Jezebel published a piece stating that, while at Hofstra, Kazantsev was expelled from the Alpha Phi sorority for cruel hazing. On Good Morning America, Kazantsev admitted her involvement in activities that fit the "broad definition of hazing", but denied the allegations of abuse, describing the hazing at Alpha Phi as "menial tasks". In a personal blog Kazantsev wrote that not attending national Alpha Phi's judiciary hearing of her case was the official reason for the termination.


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