Miss New York Kira Kazantsev Crowned Miss America
Kira Kazantsev snatched the crown in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on Sunday night
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev has been named the new Miss America, marking the third year in a row that a contestant from her state has walked away with the crown in the nationally televised pageant.
Kazantsev received the crown Sunday night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall from outgoing Miss America – and also Miss New York – Nina Davuluri, who was the first Miss American of Indian heritage.
During the talent competition, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams‘s hit song “Happy” while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor.
She named combating sexual assault in the military as the issue she would want female U.S. Senators to press their male counterparts on.