Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant, with the help of a red plastic cup.

Miss America 2015: Kira Kazantsev of New York
Miss America 2015: Kira Kazantsev of New York

Kazantsev, an aspiring lawyer, and the daughter of Russian immigrants, was named the new Miss America at Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall Sunday night.

Kira Kazantsev won the Miss America pageant, with the help of a red plastic cup.
For her talent performance, Kazantsev sang Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” while sitting cross-legged on the stage and banging a red plastic cup on the floor. That immediately touched off a furor on social media networks.