Wednesday, September 17, 2014
There She Is: Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev "Miss New York"
The 88th Miss America pageant finals took place this past Sunday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. For the third consecutive year, "Miss New York" won! Last year's "Miss America" Nina Duvuluri as well as "Miss America 2013" Mallory Hagan, were all "Miss New York"...
Fall To The Floor Happy: "Miss New York" Kira Kazantsev finds out she won "Miss America 2015"
The new Miss America is 22 year-old Kira Kazantsev. Kira is the daughter of Russian immigrant parents and was born in San Francisco California and attended Las Lomas High School in Walnut Creek, California as well as Hofstra University in New York.
Top 16 Semi-Finalists Miss America 2015 Finals
Perfect Swim: Miss New York (and soon-to-be-Miss America) Kira Kazantsev--during the Swimsuit competition--Miss America 2015 Finals
Kira's ambition is to be a diplomat and her Miss America pageant platform was promoting domestic violence awareness: "Love Shouldn't Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence", a very timely topic considering what's been in the news because of the NFL and some of its "star" football players. She plans to use her $50,000 in scholarship money from the win to help pay for law school — she deferred from the University of Notre Dame.
New York, New York: Miss America 2014 Nina Duvuluri crowns "Miss New York" Kira Kazantsev as the new "Miss America 2015"
Last year's winner, Nina Duvuluri crowned the new Miss America, very excited to see another "Miss New York" take the crown. As you may remember there was a lot of racist tweets from ignorant people on the internet when Nina was crowned "Miss America" last year. When Nina gave up her crown on Sunday looking back at her year and reign, none of that was mentioned; if I was her, I would have been "Even though a lot of y'all called me names on twitter when I won...I rose above it kids! Anyhow, glad my reign is over! Bye!". She was a bigger person than me. Now, that we got that out of the way...let's get to the REALLY IMPORTANT stuff: the EVENING GOWNS!!! All of the gowns were designed--and created by Tony Bowls. He was the "Official Designer of Gowns for the Miss America Pageant". What did I think of the gowns? Read on...
Top Five Miss America 2015 contestants in their evening gowns--with co-host Lara Spencer of ABC's "Good Morning America"--Miss America 2015 Finals
During the Evening Gown Finals, a lot of the contestants went on and on, about how their gowns were "sooo 'Red Carpet' " and so on... Let's just get this out of the way: many of these gowns ARE NOT red carpet material. Well, at least for the Oscars, Primetime Emmys or Golden Globes. Maybe a Beauty Pageant Red Carpet. While the dresses are pretty enough, there's a certain "Je ne sais quoi" element that well, doesn't lead them to be actual "Red Carpet" gown material; let's just say I could hear "Project Runway" judge Nina Garcia saying "they're soooo PAGEANT!". There's nothing wrong with them being Pageant Gowns... Just don't pretend they belong on a red carpet. With that said...
Nick Gown Points: 8.0 (out of 10)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn: Kuhns's choice of a white sequined applique organza and tulle gown with deep v-neck was one of the best of the Ivory Gowns. It was the closet thing to a modern "red carpet"-like gown.
Nick Gown Points: 9.0
Nick Gown Points: 9.3
Nick Gown Points: 8.5
Nick Gown Points: 8.5
Nick Gown Points: 8.0
Nick Gown Points: 7.9
Nick Gown Points: 7.5
Nick Gown Points: 9.6
Nick Gown Points: 8.9
Nick Gown Points: 7.3
Group Selfie: Miss America 2015 takes a selfie with her fellow contestants--Miss America 2015 Pageant Finals
Congratulations to the new Miss America Kira Kazantzev!