Miss America Kira Kazantsev appeared on “Good Morning America” to explain the hazing allegations from her time as a member of a Hofstra University sorority.
The 23-year-old blond beauty said the claims of “dirty hazing” are “just not true,” but that she and other Alpha Phi sorority sisters did subject some pledges to “sleepless nights crafting — things that were like menial tasks.”
She explained, “I was involved with some of those activities while I was at Hofstra and I came in as an impressionable freshman. Everybody wants to be a part of something and at the time, unfortunately, that was just the culture of the university. I was hazed and I was kind of brought up through the organization thinking that that’s appropriate behavior when clearly, I’m two years removed from the organization today and I understand, that that’s just not true.”
The unnamed former sorority sister claimed Kazantsev made recruits’ lives “a living hell.”
Kazantsev said she was ultimately booted in April 2013 for a joke, “taken out of context” and forwarded to the Alpha Phi national office, that she’d made in an email.
The joke, she said, was “that we would make the evening scary for the pledges, when that never came to fruition, when none of those things that I’ve been accused of ever happened or were ever intended to happen".
The Miss America organization stood by their winner Monday, saying in a statement that the pageant was aware of the incident. And Kazantsev, who ran on anti-domestic violence platform, promised to “take this negative and turn it into a positive.”