Kira’s On-Stage Question

National Competitions

Although the on-stage question category is not scored during the final night, it gives the judges an idea of how well the lady can speak  in front of a crowd, on her feet, and form an opinion. This year, the answers were incredibly difficult, about heated topics like gun control and ISIS beheadings. but all five finalists did a wonderful job.  Kira, our new Miss New York, has received backlash in regards to “not answering the question”, however in fact she answered it better than we could have imagined.

Lee Meriwether, Q: There are a record 20 women serving in the senate. What is one specific issue where these women leaders should challenge the male majority and take the lead?

Basically, what is an issue that female senate leaders should bring to the table, because males may be focusing on other topics?

Kira Kazantsev, A: I really believe that sexual assault in our military is an issue that these women have gone to fight for and every single woman that fights in our military deserves the right to be safe and to be happy and to be respected by those she serves with. So those women should go to fight and they are and I’m so proud to be one of their constituents.

Kira’s platform is domestic violence prevention. It could have been so easy to mention the Ray Rice issue, bring up her past, and suggest stronger consequences for domestic violence attackers, or outlets for victims. She also could have listed any of the obvious- equal pay or equality in the workforce. But instead, Kira hits home with sexual assault in the military. This is one of the most shameful aspects of our country- how females can sign up to defend our country, put their at risk for the lives of others, then become a victim right at home by those who should be standing beside her. The only thing that could have made this answer better is if she would have mentioned Kirsten Gillibrand (a NY senator) by name, and her specific plan for this issue. It is relevant and necessary, and Kira was extremely gracious in her delivery.

The Miss America Pageant = FEMINISM WITH A CAPITAL F!

Pageant Lifestyle

Another great article highlighting Feminism in the Miss America Organization!

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According to the Merriam-Webster definition, feminism can be defined in the following terms:

-the belief that men and women should have equal rights and opportunities

– organized activity in support of women’s rights and interests

Well how ‘bout that!

I know an organization that is shouting your message from podiums, stages, graduation addresses, photoshoots, media interviews, job interviews, community meetings, leadership conferences and more!!!

Feminism it is my pleasure to introduce you to….


Wait, not the introduction you expected? Your feminism spidey sense is not really digging the possibility of this new friend that sometimes wears a sparkly crown.

Well, wait just a second! Before you get all Mean Girls on me and tell Miss America “You can’t sit with us!” let me tell you a little bit about her and why she’s got some really good F-ing things she bring to the table!

Financially Independent…

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A Note from Miss New York 2012b; Shannon Oliver

Pageant Lifestyle

After Mallory Hagan was crowned Miss America, Shannon Oliver took over the coveted Miss New York crown. She has grown close to Kira throughout both of her local titles, and as she took the New York crown. Here, she shares her opinion on Kira’s winning, the cyberbullying she is facing, and her overall opinion of the pageant with witty comments and some pictures. A great article from one Miss New York to another.

Generation grannY

I’m going to make this short and sweet because, let’s be honest, Sunday is a school night for this granny and it’s already past midnight.

In case you were watching football instead of Miss America tonight, let me fill you in: Miss New York won for the third year in a row. According to Facebook, people right now feel all the feels. So. Many. Feelings.


I’ve read some really nasty comments about Kira Kazantsev winning Miss America this evening. I’ve also read a lot of wonderful things, however am having a really hard time not letting the negativity overshadow the excitement. It’s taking everything in my power to not call folks out by name on my blog at the moment, because I am sorely disappointed in the lack of class I’ve seen on social media. I want to let these sourpusses know that in no circumstance is it okay to bash…

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Reblog: Three in a Row! Congratulations Kira!


Many of the Miss New York 2014 local titleholders took the weekend off to travel to Atlantic City and watch as their pageant sister, Kira, competed for Miss America. Needless to say, no one was let down as Kira took the crown. Lauren, Miss Mohawk Valley, shares her experience. This multifaceted post touches the charisma Kira gave off the first time Lauren met her, Kira’s talent (as a vocalist about a vocalist), and the scoring breakdown. It’s great to see the sisterhood and friendship continue at every level.

Crowning Adventures

I can’t even describe how excited I am! I mean, it might be the sleep deprivation, as I am running on around 3 hours of ZZZs, but I doubt it.

Jack Dyville, our producer for the Miss New York 2014 pageant, called it- Lightning Struck again! Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 last night in Atlantic City and I was there to witness this historical moment! :)

Miss America! (Her headshot for Miss New York) Miss America!
(Her head shot for Miss New York)

Never in Miss America history has a state won the coveted 4-point crown 3 years in a row. But of course, that didn’t mean we as a state weren’t wishing Kira would take the crown after Nina Davuluri. After all, New York has a history full of firsts:

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Miss New York 2014 part B Predictions

Local Competitions

All of the following are predictions, based solely on personal opinion and observations. We won’t know just yet who takes over the crown.

  1. Desiree Wiley
    • Last I knew, Desiree was done competing. Even though she has another year, she is happy with her life and finished Miss NY last year with a pageant high. She had said last year that she would turn the crown down if it got to her, however also said she would not compete this year yet came back. Also, there’s the balance between “stop while you are ahead” and “but if I am Miss New York I want to go to Miss America” and “what if I compete again and don’t do as well.” Nonetheless, Desiree has a lot of thinking to do.
  2. Jamie Lynn Macchia
    • After an amazing competition at the National Sweetheart pageant, thanks to a great reign, I highly doubt Jamie will take over the crown. She is an amazing local titleholder, and would make a great state titleholder, but based on her recent performances, she could actually win Miss New York and make her way to Atlantic City next year.
  3. Jillian Tapper
    • Jillian is a force to be reckoned with, and has a strong chance at pulling a title again. She still has a few more years, and even if she does not win, could earn much more scholarship money if she keeps competing.
  4. Cat Janisko
    • Cat has a full time job with QVC in Pennsylvania. Even though she would have made a great Miss New York if she won, it wouldn’t be in her heart to represent a state she does not have close ties to.

My guess: If Desiree decides to pass, assuming the others also pass, it will go to the Top Ten. Christina, Stephanie, and Claudette are all aging out this year. If the crown was passed to the post active of these three, plus an Academic Award, it would go to Christina. But then again, Sarah has been incredibly active, and won non-finalist interview.

At this point, we may not know for some time.  Hang tight and see who will it be? Miss New York 2014 part B.