With a red cup, she becomes Miss America
Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, won the Miss America pageant Sunday night. She did it with the help of a plastic cup.
For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams' "Happy." She sat cross-legged on the stage and banged a red cup on the floor.
Kazantsev said she was inspired by the 2012 movie "Pitch Perfect." Anna Kendrick's character auditions for a group by performing with a cup. Kazantsev said she did it to show future contestants they, too, can win the Miss America pageant.
"You can do whatever talent you want on national television even with a red cup and still be Miss America," Kazantsev said. "I literally in that minute and 30 seconds had the most fun I've ever had. And that's because I stayed true to myself. I'm very happy about it."
Kazantsev won a $50,000 college scholarship. During her yearlong term as Miss America, Kazantsev will travel about 20,000 miles a month.
The first runner-up was Miss Virginia, Courtney Paige Garrett. Other top 5 finalists were Miss Arkansas, Ashton Jo Campbell; Miss Florida, Victoria Cowen; and Miss Massachusetts, Lauren Kuhn.
Miss North Dakota, Jacky Arness, was chosen as Miss Congeniality.