Kelly & Michael: Miss America Kira Kazantsev
Miss America Kira Kazantsev came by to talk to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan. First they showed her being announced as the winner at the Miss America Pageant on September 14 in Atlantic City. Kelly said that’s her favorite moment. It’s everything. She came out wearing her crown and looked so happy. Kelly said that you would see Kazantsev if you were to look up Miss America in the dictionary. She looks like Miss America. “That’s what I was going for,” she said.
Kelly & Michael: Third Miss New York Named Miss America
Kazantsev is the third consecutive Miss New York to be crowned Miss America, which is incredible. Kelly asked what New York’s secret is. Kazantsev dispelled all notions that there’s some secret training camp for Miss New Yorks. She said growing up and living in the city is hard and gives you grit, and Miss America has to have grit and substance. Living in the city gives you that.
Kelly & Michael: Kira Kazantsev & the Number Three
The number three is actually really significant in Kazantsev’s life. She graduated with a triple major from Hofstra University. She also speaks three languages: Russian, Spanish and English. She’s also the third Miss New York to become Miss America. Michael said he was exhausted from all that and Kelly asked if being a triple major was her talent. It should have been. She should have just said that she was a triple major and dropped the mic. She studied political science, global studies, and geography.
Kelly & Michael: Miss America Scholarship
She’s going to go to Notre Dame law school when she’s done being Miss America. She got a $50,000 scholarship, which she will be using for law school. She said she hopes she gets to take her new wardrobe with her too. Kelly asked if you have to use the scholarship for education. You do. Miss America’s all about education and encourages women to pursue science and math. Kelly said she’s a great example.
Kelly & Michael: Miss America Travels
Michael asked if Miss America gets a fancy new apartment. She doesn’t. She actually travels 20,000 miles in a month. She’s going to a different city every 48 hours, but she gets to keep her frequent flier points.
Kelly & Michael: Kira Kazantsev Cup Talent
Michael loved her talent portion. She did a cup song to “Happy” by Pharrell, which was inspired by Pitch Perfect. They showed a clip of her doing the song while sitting on the stage. Kelly said that she has to be a first, but she said the point is that she can connect with little kids. She said she chose to do that because it was fun, it was her, and it worked.
Kazantsev then showed her cup talents and taught Kelly & Michael how to play the cup. She named hers Wilson after the volleyball in Cast Away. Kelly then named hers Forest, while Michael’s was Jenny. Kelly said she sounded like her son teaching her martial arts. They then did it to music, and Kelly & Michael had some trouble with it.
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