Miss America 2015: Kira Kazantsev – Al-Tahrir News Network

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Miss New York won the prestigious title of Miss America. 

For the third year in a row, Miss New York was named Miss America on Sunday night, when the beauty pageant was held at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall.

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, 23, received the crown beating the first runner up Miss Virginia, Courtney Paige Garrett, and the other top finalists: Miss Arkansas, Ashton Jo Campbell, Miss Florida, Victoria Cowen and Miss Massachusetts, Lauren Kuhn.

The top five contestants hold hand and await the final results during the Miss America 2015 Competition at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City (photo: ny)

Atlantic City has been featured on the news for weeks for the challenging economic problems the city is facing; the closing of many casinos and the domestic abuse case of the NFL’s former star.

Now spotlight is once again on it. But this time with a positive look and light…now the focus is on the traditional beauty pageant that started in 1921 as a business strategy for the Boardwalk.

The Top 16 of the final round featured: Idaho, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Connecticut, New York, Arkansas, Iowa, Oklahoma and North Dakota.

Sunday night’s competition featured an evening gown and swimsuit round, and a talent show, before Kira Kazantsev was crowned by last year’s winner Nina Davaluri.

Kira Kazantsev, Miss America 2015 (photo: nj)