Miss America Organization Defends Kira Kazanstev Amid Sorority Hazing Report

Kira Kazantsev
The Miss America Organization is defending Kira Kazantsev after hazing reports surface 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.

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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.

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

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"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."

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