Miss New York crowned Miss America

Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (left) reacts next to Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri after being announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (left) reacts next to Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri after being announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev reacts after she was announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev reacts after she was announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (left) reacts after being announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri (centre) and runner up Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Gar
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (left) reacts after being announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri (centre) and runner up Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett are seen on the right. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses during a news conference after she was crowned as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses during a news conference after she was crowned as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 15, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (front) reacts as she is crowned the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition by Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev (front) reacts as she is crowned the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition by Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev waves after she was announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev waves after she was announced as the winner of the 2015 Miss America Competition in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Sept 14, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Miss New York Kira Kazantsev was crowned the new Miss America late Sunday, the third straight victory for the Empire State in the national beauty pageant.

Outgoing Miss America Nina Davuluri, also from New York, presented the crown to Kazantsev after the competition at Atlantic City, New Jersey's Boardwalk Hall.

Kazantsev, 22, named protecting women against domestic violence as her platform, and said she aims to obtain a juris doctorate and a master's degree in business administration.

An honour student, she hopes to pursue a career in international diplomacy, according to the Miss America organisation.

The first runner-up was Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett.

The other top five finalists were Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell, Miss Florida Victoria Cowen and Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn.