Kira Kazantsev became Miss America 2015 just a couple of weeks ago, and the rumors have already started to swirl. Just a few days after Kira won her title, an anti-abortion website revealed that she spent three months as a Planned Parenthood intern while attending Hofstra University.
Kira had never attempted to hide this information, and according to Life News, it was available on her LinkedIn page. The page said that Kira “conducted research on Planned Parenthood education” and “assisted delivery of programs in local public schools, teaching children about mutual respect and self-esteem.”
While this sounds all fine and well, Life News was not happy about the idea and tried to turn it around and make it sound bad.
“So the woman representing the nation as the new Miss America interned for the very organization that has killed millions of Americans in abortions,” Life News said.
Planned Parenthood defended Kira saying, “Each Miss America takes a different path to the crown and Kira’s path is no less special. Kira’s college internship afforded her the opportunity to advocate against child abuse while writing her thesis.”
When the Planned Parenthood rumors slowed down new ones surfaced, and Kira is now being accused of being involved in college hazing and was allegedly even kicked out of college for it.
— People magazine (@peoplemag) September 23, 2014
According to the website Jezebel, “Kazantsev and a friend were both kicked out of the Alpha Phi sorority at Hofstra University on Long Island after hazing pledges. At the time, Kazantsev was serving as the sorority’s head of recruitment.”
A source allegedly told Jezebel, “Under Kira’s supervision … pledges in the incoming class were called names, berated for their perceived physical flaws and imperfections, and made to perform physical tasks to the point of bruising and exhaustion.” Kazantsev, said the source, made pledges’ lives “a living hell.”
Miss America defended herself on Good Morning America saying, “Under the broad definition of hazing, yes, I was involved with some of those activities while I was at Hofstra.”
She went on to talk about the details of the hazing saying, “You would stand in a line and basically recite information, or a few sleepless nights crafting, things that were like menial tasks. You were told that if you participate in these few traditional things, that you would be a member of the sorority.”
She said she was kicked out of Alpha Phi after making a joke in an email to some alumni about a sorority event where she would “make the evening scary for the new pledges.”
The media has criticized almost every Miss America title holder to ever wear the crown and has caused some of them to hand it over as a result. It doesn’t look like Kira is going to give in so easily.