Her victory marked the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant. Kira Kazantsev received the crown at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall from outgoing Miss America and Miss New York – Nina Davuluri.
The other finalists were Miss Arkansas – Ashton Jo Campbell; Miss Florida – Victoria Cowen; Miss Virginia Courtney – Paige Garrett and Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn. Miss Virginia Courtney – Paige Garrett was adjudged the first runner – up.
Kira Kazantsev is a twenty three year old first generation American. Her parents hailed from Russia. She attended Hofstra University majoring in political science, global studies and geography and it was during her college days that she became involved in an abusive relationship, which sowed the seeds of her transformation as a passionate advocate of domestic violence survivors.
On winning the crown, Kira Kazantsev spoke about domestic violence and thanked officials who took a stand against this practice. Being a domestic violence survivor herself, Kira Kazantsev said she wasn’t aware of the various support systems in place that are there to assist such victims.
“I very well may have Googled it, but that’s not the mindset that you’re in when you’re in that situation. You just feel alone. You feel helpless. You don’t feel like anyone could possibly understand. I definitely had friends that saw this and tried to help and didn’t know what to do,” she said. “And at that point I isolated myself. I was completely isolated from any help they were offering me.” stated the newly crowned Miss America.
Kira Kazantsev, who named combating sexual assault in the military as the issue about which she would want female U.S. Senators to press their male counterparts, won a $50,000 scholarship with which she plans to attend law school.
The first Indian-American winner Nina Davuluri of the Miss America Pageant handed over her crown to Kira Kazantsev, in a ceremony on Sunday night (Se...2.0