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.

The new Miss America choice did not sit well with Twitter users.

“Not happy with the new Miss America one bit…,” tweeted Dawn Neufeld, star of VH1’s Football Wives and wife of former NFL player Ryan Neufeld.

From NY Post.com:

Kazantsev wowed the crowd during the talent portion by singing Pharrell’s feel-good song “Happy” while banging a red plastic cup on the floor, an idea from Anna Kendrick’s character in the movie “Pitch Perfect.”

“I keep time with the cup,” she told The Post before the competition.

“It’s not your average Miss America talent in terms of singing Broadway tunes or opera. I’m sticking to what I can do.”

Kazantsev, 23, wore a champagne-colored gown custom-made by a New York designer, John Paul Ataker.

It makes her feel “so beautiful and just on fire. It’s so New York,” she said.

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