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Kira Kazantsev, Miss America, Denies Hazing Allegations

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By    |   Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 01:19 PM

Kira Kazantsev, who was crowned Miss America last week, fired back at an anonymous source that claimed she was kicked out of her college sorority for hazing.

"I'd like to address one specific issue that has popped up in the media. Because what type of role model would I be if I told people, young women especially, that you can't make mistakes? That's not real life," Kazantsev said in a Tuesday blog post.

"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."

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She explained that when she was a senior at Hofstra University on Long Island, her sorority, Alpha Phi, instructed her to email alumni about attending a pledge 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."

Kazantsev was eventually summoned by the national organization to explain her email, but she said she skipped it because she was near graduation.

"I did not attend this hearing that was the official reason given for my termination," she wrote.

The Miss American Organization backed Kazantsev, and released a statement to "Good Morning America" on Tuesday in conjunction with her own blog post.

"Kira has been fully transparent with the Miss America Organization about her termination from the Alpha Phi sorority,'' it said.

"It's unfortunate that this incident has 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."

The original allegations against Kazantsev were made by an anonymous source who spoke with reporters at Jezebel. The source claimed that pledges were verbally berated for their perceived physical flaws and made to perform physical tasks to the point of "bruising and exhaustion."

After winning the Miss America crown, Kazantsev appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Friday, helping out with a fun skit.



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