ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — The new Miss America says there are more important things for people to worry about than her little red cup
That was the message Monday from Kira Kazantsev (kah-ZANT'-sev) of New York as many social media users continued to pan her use of a plastic cup during the talent portion of Sunday night's pageant finale in Atlantic City.
Kazantsev tells The Associated Press she realizes everything she does now will be scrutinized and commented on.
But she says she performed Pharrell Williams' "Happy" while tapping a cup on the floor because that's what she wanted to do, regardless of what anyone else might think.
Kazantsev says she was inspired by the film "Pitch Perfect" in which a character did the same thing while auditioning for an a cappella group.