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I, along with seemingly everyone else on my Facebook feed, sat on my couch eagerly awaiting the crowning of the new Miss America5 201 on Sunday night. At the end of the day, it was spunky Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, who stole the judges hearts and walked away with the crown. Normally, I’d be doing a recap of my favorite gowns– and don’t get me wrong, I had my favorites– but the abhorrent negativity surrounding this year’s competition has my mind focused elsewhere. Yes, Kira was the one with the mediocre vocals who played “Happy” with a red cup, and yes, there were some phenomenal other talents on the stage, arguably the best in years. I would’ve gladly taken Miss Florida, Miss Oklahoma, Miss Alabama, Miss Virginia… actually any of the girls in the Top 10, but ultimately, New York took the title for the third year in a row.
Instead of bashing the beautiful girl on the internet like I’ve seen so many narrow-minded people do, maybe we should accredit her win to another much more important skill and category. What America doesn’t see is the full, closed 10 minute interview each contestant has privately with the panel of judges. You’ll hear judges and contestants alike preach it, but Miss America (or Miss Florida or Miss “City/County/State Fruit“) is typically chosen in that room. When the MAO system prides itself on being a scholarship system as opposed to a beauty pageant, the distinct difference between Miss America and Miss USA, would you really expect it any other way? They need a woman with a brain and the innate unteachable ability to speak, inspire, and lead, and if you’ve seen any of the short clips of contestant interviews, the questions ain’t no joke. With a tear-jerking platform like Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence, a topic extremely relevant due to a fancy pants organization called the NFL, in addition to her open admittance of being a survivor of abuse, I completely see what the judges saw in her. She is articulate, she is spunky, and she is a fabulous constituent of young female empowerment.
I say we all just congratulate the girl and accept the fact that she didn’t need more than a cup to win the hearts of 7 judges. Plus, she has a rockin’ bod and an undeniable knack for red carpet style. I’m pretty sure her gown on me would’ve looked like I wrapped myself in a white shower curtain, but she pulled the look off flawlessly. This gown is yet another reminder that you don’t need rhinestones, cut-outs, and cleavage to be beautiful.
Now, how do I feel about the rest of the placements? I’m obviously from Florida, and I would’ve loved to have seen Tori, a girl with true grace and the undeniable gift of dance, win it all. I was a little disappointed with 3rd Runner-Up, but hey! We made the Top 5 for the second year in a row! Also, Miss Pennsylvania, the stunning native Floridian and preliminary talent winner who sang a “Phantom of the Opera” ballad, should’ve been up there, too. (Note: We competed together in 2011, and she won Preliminary Talent there, too! Cray.) That shocked me a bit, but again, we never know what happens in interview.
What were your thoughts? Any other favorites?
I was so bummed that I forgot this was on. I love watching this pageant. Miss NY's dress was the best of the final 5.
~Ashley @ A Cute Angle
I'm sure you can YouTube the important stuff! And right?? I'm OBSESSED!
I was happy Miss North Dakota won Miss Congeniality.
Ya, that made me smile. She seemed so genuine.
I agree completely with this!!! I only wish we could've seen their full behind-the-curtain interviews. Her talent was a cute little combo (not your typical song and dance) and her dress was my all time favorite. I loved how it wasn't totally bedazzled and full on cleavage. It was just simple, classy, elegance with some fun in the back! Miss Florida by far was an amazing dancer in my book too!
Right?? It also sheds some light on how difficult MAO interview can be! They're not (usually) for the intellectually weak!
This was actually the first year of my life that I didn't watch the pageant! Due to my unfortunately long hours of work on the weekends, I came home and crashed on my bed, still in uniform, haha! Hopefully I'll be able to find competition videos on Youtube so I can be caught up to speed on what went down in Atlantic City!
Whatttt?! Oh girl, if I had a life, I probably would've forgotten, too. It was a good show– lots of fabulous talents this year! Watch it on YouTube if you can!
I think Miss New York looks beautiful. As did every other single girl there.
Loved watching these this year, and miss new york is stunning!
Agreed. Such a great show this year! One of the best!
I didn't watch this but I know a lot of people are talking about it.
It was cray, that's for sure!
Stephanie I have to totally agree that there were a lot of beautiful and amazingly talented ladies on that stage, and that NY's talent severely lacked. But way to be an example of grace and positivity- instead of bashing her you obviously uplifted her people will have their own opinions and say whatever they want, but kudos to you for choosing to recognize her for her other capabilities.
Thanks, lady! It just gets under my skin when people judge unfairly without any knowledge–or respect. Blah!