And The Miss America 2015 Winner Is…
There’s a new Miss America! Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned the winner at the 2015 pageant in Atlantic City on Sunday (video below). The 23-year-old beauty queen beat out 52 other contestants, including runner-up Courtney Garrett of Virginia.
Kazantsev takes over the title from fellow Miss New York Nina Davuluri, who won last year’s competition to become the first-ever Miss America of Indian heritage. In fact, this is the third year in a row that the winner was from New York.
Kazantsev, who wins a $50,000 scholarship, was asked in the interview portion what female senators should take the lead on in Congress. She argued that sexual assault against women in the military needs to be addressed. For the talent round, Kazantsev sang “Happy” by Pharrell, using a cup as percussion. Her platform is “Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence.”
The ceremony was once again hosted by Chris Harrison and Lara Spencer, and featured celebrity judges including Kathy Ireland, Donald Driver, Shawn Johnson, and “Desperate Housewives” creator Marc Cherry. 1955 Miss America winner Lee Meriwether was also on the panel. Check out video of the winning moment below! What do you think of the new winner?