The 88th Annual Miss America contest was held earlier this month in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The winner of the Miss America title is Kira Kazantzev, a representative for the New York state.
Kazantsev was born in New York in 1991 to Russian parents George and Julia Kazantsev, who moved from Russia to the US in order to seek a better life for their two kids. Kira is an aspiring law student and the third New Yorker in a row to win the contest. She speaks fluent Russian, English and Spanish. The 23 year old Miss America 2015 received a $50,000 prize, with which she’s planning to finish her law school education. She also stated that she wants to use her new fame in order to raise awareness of problems like domestic violence and abuse.
During the contest Kira showed off her talent by performing an a cappella version of Pharrell Williams’ hit song Happy using only a plastic cup to keep time.