Clearly Miss America has perfected the interview portion of the pageant. After new claims surfaced earlier this week that the 2015 winner Kira Kazantsev had been terminated from her sorority Alpha Phi at Long Island’s Hofstra University for abusively hazing pledges, Miss America, 23, explained the incident in an in-depth blog post.
“This first week of being in the public eye is not something you can ever prepare for,” she began before detailing the circumstances surrounding her hazing accusations.
She explained that she was subjected to the process as a pledge in 2010, writing, “The worst of the so-called hazing was standing in a line reciting information, a few sleepless nights, and crafting. I was yelled at a few times. That year, the sorority got in trouble for those actions and was disciplined by both Hofstra and the national organization.”
Kazantsev went on to become a New Member Educator herself, working with recruits and overseeing pledge events. She then wrote that her termination from the sorority had nothing to do with actual hazing.
“When I was a senior, as one of the older sisters in the sorority, I was asked by a new member educator at the time to send an email to alumni asking them to attend an event,” she wrote. “In the email, I joked that we could make the evening scary for the pledges. That statement was a joke – we never intended to actually engage in the wrongful behavior that I have been accused of – and the alumni event I spoke of never came to fruition anyway.”
Unfortunately the email was then forwarded to a member of Alpha Phi’s national organization. Kazantsev was then summoned for a judiciary hearing.
“At the time, it was the end of the school year,” she continued. “Finals, graduation, and moving to New York City were at the forefront of my concerns. Based on the fact that I did not attend this hearing that was the official reason given for my termination.”
To further spell out her actions in question, the pageant winner clarified, “I was never involved with any name-calling or use of profanity toward a girl during my time with the sorority. I was never involved in any physical hazing or any degradation of physical appearance of any kind. This has all been immensely taken out of context and manipulated purposefully because I am now in a public position. The nameless source that is saying these things is doing exactly what it is that I was wrongfully accused of.”
In fact, Kazantsev is so against physical abuse that she’s using her platform to speak out against it.
“Now that I’m 2 years removed from that experience at the sorority, I’ve learned what healthy relationships are, and can better speak to what young girls entering college should avoid and it has further developed my platform, ‘Love Shouldn’t Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence,’” she added. “I’m also proud to say that Alpha Phi Theta Mu of Hofstra University is an upstanding organization that has completely abandoned these practices, and I’m incredibly proud of the work they do as an organization.”
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