Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant for 2015 held Sunday night in Atlantic City. This is the third consecutive pageant that Miss New York has won the national crown. Kira receives her crown from 2014 Miss America Nina Davuluri. Kira was born to Russian immigrants and lives in Murray Hill in Manhattan. She is 23 years old and a graduate of Hofstra with plans to eventually attend Notre Dame Law School. Congratulations Kira!
Kira learns she won the pageant with runner up Miss Virginia, Courtney Garrett.
Kira draws a question with co-host Lara Spencer.
Kira rocks the swimsuit competition during the pageant.
Kira sings Happy by Pharell Williams as part of the talent competition. She performed with a cup which was inspired by Anna Kendrick in the movie Pitch Perfect.
Kira backstage at a press conference after the pageant. She is wearing a gown from John Paul Ataker of NY.