For the third year in a row, a contestant from New York state won the title of Miss America. The winner, 22 year-old Kira Kazantsev, had social media buzzing like a swarm of doorbells by choosing to spend her talent portion sitting on the ground cross-legged hitting a single red cup and singing Pharrell’s “Happy.” Kazantsev said the performance choice was inspired by a scene with Anna Kendrick from the film Pitch Perfect. See below for a video comparison.
Some argued it was this unorthodox talent choice that gave Kazantsev the edge with the judges. Whatever the reason for her victory, we can at least agree that beauty pageants are obvious but still deserving targets for criticism about outdated institutions which perpetuate the patriarchal objectification of the female form.