Miss America Organization Defends Kira Kazanstev Amid Sorority Hazing Report

The Miss America Organization is defending Kira Kazantsev after hazing reports surface Credit: Donald Kravitz/Getty Images

In true pageant fashion, Miss America Kira Kazantsev is now facing scrutiny after being awarded the title earlier this month. The 23-year-old, who represented New York in the 2014 pageant, was allegedly kicked out of her sorority at Hofstra University on Long Island for abusively hazing pledges.

According to Jezebel, the blonde and a friend were kicked out of their Alpha Phi house in late April 2013. At the time, Kazantsev was the sorority's New Member Educator and Recruitment Committee President.

In a statement obtained by Us Weekly, the organization is standing behind the bombshell, who maintained a 3.6 GPA while at the college.

"Kira has been very open and candid about her termination from the Alpha Phi sorority," a Miss America Organization spokesperson told Us. "It's unfortunate that this incident and unsourced allegations have been exploited to create a storyline that distracts from what we should be focusing on: Kira's impressive academic achievements at Hofstra University, including earning a triple major from the Honors College and her commitment to serving her community. Kira is an exceptional ambassador for the Miss America Organization, and we are excited to be a part of her journey as a force for good across our nation, promoting education and service and working to empower young women."