Miss America

For the third straight year, Miss New York was crowned the winner of the Miss America Pageant. Kira Kazantsev, 23, walked away with the coveted title last night at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall. Kazantsev, an aspiring lawyer, was born to Russian immigrants.

It is the 2nd straight year that a foreigner has been crowned Miss America. Last year's winner, Nina Davuluri, was born to Hindu Telugu parents.

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Vanessa Williams arrives to New York Fashion week with her mother, Helen, and daughter, Melanie

Actress, singer and former Miss America Vanessa Williams, right, is in New York with her mother Helen and daughter Melanie to attend Fashion week. Williams, 50, owes her entire career to a well-publicised lesbian romp with another model in leaked photos that appeared in Penthouse magazine in 1983. The scandal forced Williams to relinquish her Miss America crown to runner-up Suzette Charles.

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