Following the crowning of Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, the social media broke out in harsh words criticizing everything from her physical appearance, her talent, and her national origin. Many of these comments, although still hurtful, were plain and simple ignorance from people who are unfamiliar with the organizational structure of the Miss America Organization.

The worst case scenario, however, happened when a former Miss America contestant posted a video of herself “singing” with her dog. As a former contestant, not only does she understand what it feels like to be on stage, but to have a talent that people may not understand. Originally, Theresa wanted to perform archery, her true talent, but was denied for liability reasons. She taught herself an opera song off Youtube, performed it on finals night, and did not advance past the talent portion. vail

Thankfully, not all of the Miss America family resents Kira and her talent selection. Many titleholders have stood up to defend Kira, solidifying the consensus that the 5th Point of the Crown is Sisterhood. In fact, “former” Miss Americas themselves have taken a stand to defend her, having stood in her position once. Mallory Hagan, 13 and Teresa Scanlan, 11 have both publically posted on their Facebook. Gretchen Carlson, 89 took the next step and defended Kira live on her Fox newscast.

Gretchen Carlson, 1989

Gretchen Carlson, 1989

In addition to a former Miss America herself, contestants who stood on stage with Kira have come to her defense. Lets remember that these girls came out to win. They were competing against her, yet still, despite not winning, have her back.

You’re not alone, Kira. The Miss America Sisterhood has your back.

Kira’s Army Following the crowning of Miss America 2015, Kira Kazantsev, the social media broke out in harsh words criticizing everything from her physical appearance, her talent, and her national origin.

Kira’s On-Stage Question

Kira’s On-Stage Question

Although the on-stage question category is not scored during the final night, it gives the judges an idea of how well the lady can speak  in front of a crowd, on her feet, and form an opinion. This year, the answers were incredibly difficult, about heated topics like gun control and ISIS beheadings. but all five finalists did a wonderful job.  Kira, our new Miss New York, has received backlash in…

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Who is Kira? Really?

Since winning Miss America, rumors and opinions have circulated, with hopes of tearing down our new national representative.

The Miss America Pageant = FEMINISM WITH A CAPITAL F!

The Miss America Pageant = FEMINISM WITH A CAPITAL F!

Katherine:

Another great article highlighting Feminism in the Miss America Organization!

Originally posted on UAB: urban activities in birmingham and beyond:

According to the Merriam-Webster definition, feminism can be defined in the following terms:

-the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

- organized activity in support of women’s rights and interests

Well…

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Miss America 2015: Kira-sistible

Miss America 2015: Kira-sistible

Katherine:

After Mallory Hagan was crowned Miss America, Shannon Oliver took over the coveted Miss New York crown. She has grown close to Kira throughout both of her local titles, and as she took the New York crown. Here, she shares her opinion on Kira’s winning, the cyberbullying she is facing, and her overall opinion of the pageant with witty comments and some pictures. A great article from one…

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Three in a Row! Congratulations Kira!

Many of the Miss New York 2014 local titleholders took the weekend off to travel to Atlantic City and watch as their pageant sister, Kira, competed for Miss America.

Miss New York 2014 part B Predictions

Miss New York 2014 part B Predictions

All of the following are predictions, based solely on personal opinion and observations. We won’t know just yet who takes over the crown.

  1. Desiree Wiley
    • Last I knew, Desiree was done competing. Even though she has another year, she is happy with her life and finished Miss NY last year with a pageant high. She had said last year that she would turn the crown down if it got to her, however also said…

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Why Kira Won- More than Kirasistable

Why Kira Won- More than Kirasistable

As the days ticked on following Kira’s crowning, I’ll be the first to admit I didn’t have her pegged as the winner. Actually, I didn’t have her in my Top 5 at Miss New York, so had no idea how she would compete at Miss America. But as I watched her jump right into her Miss New York reign, I spoke with her, saw her high fashion red carpet outfits and interviews, and witnessed her transform into…

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"Forever Miss America" 2015 Autograph Signing

“Forever Miss America” 2015 Autograph Signing

Once again, we decided to attend the autograph signing for Miss America former forever titleholders!

This year, it was held on the 6th floor in the Claridge hotel. When we got off the elevator it became very clear that there was not much planning put into it. The hall was very narrow and the line wrapped all the way around the building- before 10am. (more…)

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New York: Untraditionally Talented

New York: Untraditionally Talented

For the talent portion of the 2015 Miss America competition, Miss New York sang while making her own percussion by tapping along with a red cup to “Happy” by Pharell. See the video, here. She received a lot of backlash for not only the simplicity of her talent, but arguments that it isn’t a real talent at all. In the past there has been some strange talents, such as horseback riding or how to…

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Miss America Finals “Trends”

Miss America Finals “Trends”

Last year, Miss California was first runner up to Nina Davuluri as she was crowned Miss America 2014. This year, Miss California did not even make the first cut. This year, Miss Virginia was 50% of the last two standing, yet last year Miss Virginia did not make the first round of eliminations. Sure, people see New York win three years in a row and it’s easy to think the same states are strong…

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Miss New York; a not-so-hidden gem

Miss New York; a not-so-hidden gem

Last night, America was shocked when Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss New York, making history as the 3rd consecutive Miss America from New York. But for those of us who call New York home, and those of us who follow New York in pageantry, perhaps this isn’t much of a surprise.

A State of “Firsts”

  • 1945: BessMeyerson, Miss America
    • First Jewish Miss America. Despite being discouraged over losing…

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Lighting Strikes! Miss New York is Miss America, AGAIN!

Lighting Strikes! Miss New York is Miss America, AGAIN!

It happened. The unspeakable happened. New York is on fire, and nothing can quench this steam.

Kira Kazantsev, Miss City of New York 2014 became Miss New York 2014. She went down to Atlantic City and represented the Empire State well. So well, in fact, that she made Miss America history as the first three-peat Miss America to be crowned. What?!

Once again, we decided to be a Seatfiller and get…

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Miss America Predictions

Who I want to Win:

These ladies may not have the points (or maybe they do), but have a special place in my heart. Watching them since they’ve been crowned, and during the past few weeks has impacted me in an emotional way. This list has girls who I liked since day one, regardless of preliminary scores or the hype. I think these ladies are fabulous, and I would love for them to be Miss America.…

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Kira in Atlantic City: Miss America Preliminaries

Kira in Atlantic City: Miss America Preliminaries

Monday: Interview

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Kira decided to change her dress, however kept the super cute shoes!

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Dress Rehearsal

Although Kira performed the song (Happyby Pharrell Williams), her attire has been completely revamped. She swapped out her colorful skinnies and crochet top for an electric blue jumpsuit with fun shoulder detail, and a simple necklace.  She may have even purchased a new cup,…

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