'Miss New York' Kira Kazantsev wins Miss America 2015 pageant

Monday, September 15, 2014

Atlantic City's Boardwalk Hall
Image: Farragutful.

In the US's Miss America pageant, Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, was crowned Miss America 2015 yesterday evening at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

The 22-year-old Kazantsev preformed "Happy" by Pharrell Williams, and her platform was Love Shouldn't Hurt. Kazantsev said she was a victim of domestic violence; "It was something that definitely changed me [...] I'm better now and I’m stronger now. I want to show others they can handle it too."

As part of the prize Kazantsev received a $50,000 scholarship.

The runners-up were Miss Virginia, Courtney Garret; Miss Arkansas, Ashton Campbell; Miss Florida, Victoria Cowen; and Miss Massachusetts, Lauren Kuhn.