Winning Miss America has thrown Kira Kazantsev straight into the spotlight and she is paying the price. New reports of the young pageant star have surfaced claiming that she hazed younger girls in her sorority. Kira spoke out against these accusations — she had a lot to say!
The Miss America winner made pledges’ life “a living hell,” a former sorority sister claimed, but Kira Kazantsev, 23, is denying it all reports! In a blog post, Kira explained what really happened during her time in Alpha Phi at Long Island’s Hofstra University.
Kira Kazantsev: Miss America Denies Hazing Pledges — What She Has To Say
In Kira’s tell-all blog post, she started off by saying, “This first week of being in the public eye is not something you can ever prepare for.” With new allegations of a sorority hazing scandal, we can’t imagine this was the first week she had in mind after being crowed the winner of Miss America.
The 23-year-old stunner explained her first experience as a freshman in Alpha Phi.
“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. However, after being brought up through that process, my class thought the only way to gain respect in the sorority was to go through it or be seen as weak,” she wrote.
Then, she approached the topic — 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. 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.
The email was forwarded by someone to the national organization. Based on that information, the national office summoned me for a judiciary hearing. At the time, it was the end of the school year. 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.
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.
She went on to talk about how she will use her experiences and new platform to make a positive change in the world — a good way to put a positive spin on any negative press.
“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,” Kira said.
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— Shira Benozilio
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