Miss America Kira Kazantsev responds to hazing allegations

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Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses for photographers during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev talks during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev poses for photographers during a news conference after she was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Monday, Sept. 15, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, right, walks the runway after she was named Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev waves after being crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, right, walks the runway after she was named Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, left, who was also once Miss New York, looks on during the walk. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, right, gets a kiss from her mother, Julia Kazantsev, after Kira Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev walks the runway after being crowned as Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev walks the runway after being crowned as Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, top, crowns Miss New York Kira Kazantsev as Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, left, gasps after she was named Miss America 2015 as she holds hands with Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, center, celebrates, while holding the hands of Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell, left, and Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray after advancing to the final round of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri, top right, crowns Miss New York Kira Kazantsev as Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev, left, celebrates after she is named Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. Also seen is Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett, who took first runner up honors. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
The top five finalists in the Miss America 2015 pageant stand together, from left, Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, Miss Florida Victoria Cowen, Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell, Miss New York Kira Kazantsev and Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. Kazantsev was crowned Miss America 2015. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Virginia Courtney Paige Garrett, right, gasps after she is announced as a finalist during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. Garrett took first runner up honors while Miss New York Kira Kazantsev won the crown. Looking on are Miss Oklahoma Alex Eppler, left, and Miss Tennessee Hayley Lewis. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Tennessee Hayley Lewis sings during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn plays the piano during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen dances during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart performs during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen dances during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Contestants don their swimsuits during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Arizona Outstanding Teen Amber Barto waits for start of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Idaho Sierra Sandison, left, celebrates after she's announced as a finalist during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Florida Outstanding Teen Michaela McLean, 16, left, and Miss Nevada Outstanding Teen Amy Smith, 15, tap hands before the start of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss America 2014 Nina Davuluri walks on stage during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson takes the stage with contestants during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Utah Karlie Major, bottom right, stands with other contestants as supporters hold up signs during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn celebrates after moving on to the evening gown portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, center, celebrates after advancing to the evening gown portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Oklahoma Alex Eppler dances during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Arkansas Ashton Jo Campbell sings during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Utah Karlie Major, bottom right, stands with other contestants as supporters hold up signs during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray sings during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Contestants don their swimsuits during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Texas Monique Evans walks on stage during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen dances during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart performs during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen dances during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn plays the piano during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Tennessee Hayley Lewis sings during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev displays her swimsuit during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn, center, celebrates after advancing to the evening gown portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn celebrates after moving on to the evening gown portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Oklahoma Alex Eppler dances during the talent portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Miss Kentucky Ramsey Carpenter walks on stage during the swimsuit portion of the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson takes the stage with contestants during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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Kira Kazantsev made pledges' life 'a living hell,' Jezebel quoted an anonymous source saying about the now 23-year-old Miss America, Kira Kazantsev.

The source said, 'pledges in the incoming class were called names, berated for their perceived physical flaws and imperfections and made to perform physical tasks to the point of bruising and exhaustion.'

In an appearance on 'Good Morning America' Tuesday morning, just after the scandal broke, Kazantsev had the opportunity to deny the allegations.

'Unfortunately, these allegations [of abuse], first of all, are just not true,' Kazantsev told Lara Spencer. 'I'm incredibly hurt that someone has said these things.'

Kazantsev also wrote a blog post addressing the controversy.

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Miss New York Kira Kazantsev displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Kira Kazantsev displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Maryland Jade Kenny displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Oregon Rebecca Anderson displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Wisconsin Raeanna Johnson displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Montana Victoria Valentine displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New Jersey Cierra Kaler-Jones displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Ohio Mackenzie Bart displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Missouri Jessica Hartman displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Massachusetts Lauren Kuhn displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Illinois Marisa Buchheit displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Iowa Aly Olson displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Arizona Alexa Rogers displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Hawaii Stephanie Kainoa Steuri displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Florida Victoria Cowen displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Utah Karlie Major displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Mary Hughes, right, and her daughter Marina Hughes, 6, of Absecon, N.J., use rain gear over their tiaras as they watch the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Members of the All Star One Cheer Academy perform stunts during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Wyoming Jessie Allen poses for photographers during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A convertible vehicle, bottom right, carries Miss New York Kira Kazantsev during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Maine Audrey Thames talks to spectators during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Washington Kailee Dunn waves at spectators during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A member of the Jackson Memorial High School band, left, of Jackson, N.J., serenades Miss Vermont Lucy Edwards during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Cheryl Margen, of Stratford, Conn., wears a head umbrella while watching the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Raindrops are seen on the foot of Miss Alabama Caitlin Brunell during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Mississippi Jasmine Murray watches accumulated rain drip from the roof of a convertible vehicle during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A spectator holds up a sign during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Supporters of Miss West Virginia Paige Madden hold up signs as her float approaches during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Paige Goodwin, 4, of Galloway, N.J., covers herself from the rain while waiting for the start of the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Wisconsin in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Texas in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Washington in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Tennessee in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss District of Columbia in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Hawaii in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Colorado in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Connecticut in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by by Miss Alaska in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
The shoes to be worn by Miss Alabama in this year's Miss America pageant during the traditional Boardwalk “Show Us Your Shoes” parade on Saturday, Sept. 13 are displayed Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014, in Atlantic City. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)
FILE - This Sept. 14, 2013 file photo shows Miss Alabama Chandler Champion showing her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk in Atlantic City, N.J. The world-famous pageant that began in Atlantic City as a way to extend the summer tourism season for another weekend is back where it belongs after a brief desert fling in Las Vegas. Though tickets are required for the indoor competition events, the contestants greet the public in a free introductory outdoor event Sept. 3, and can be seen regularly on the Boardwalk during the two-week run-up to the Sept. 14 crowning of the new Miss America. The traditional “show-us-your-shoes” parade on the Boardwalk is adding more free viewing areas this year for the Sept. 13 event. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
Miss South Carolina Brooke Mosteller displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss North Carolina Johna Edmonds displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Oregon Allison Cook displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New Hampshire Samantha Russo displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Indiana Terrin Thomas displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Arkansas Amy Crain displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Maine Kristin Korda displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Mississippi Chelsea Rick displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Montana Shelby Ringdahl displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Nebraska JaCee Pilkington displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss District of Columbia Bindhu Pamarthi displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New York Nina Davuluri displays her shoes during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss New Jersey Cara McCollum displays her shoes displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Miss Florida Myrrhanda Jones shows her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez,)
Miss Alabama Chandler Champion shows her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez,)
Miss Illinois Brittany Smith displays her shoe during the Miss America Shoe Parade at the Atlantic City boardwalk, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez,)
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She started with, 'This first week of being in the public eye is not something you can ever prepare for.'

She then went on to describe her own experience as a freshman pledging for Alpha Phi at Long Island's Hofstra University, when she herself was hazed.

'The worst of the so-called hazing was standing in a line reciting information, a few sleepless nights, and crafting. I was yelled at a few times. That year, the sorority got in trouble for those actions and was disciplined by both Hofstra and the national organization. However, after being brought up through that process, my class thought the only way to gain respect in the sorority was to go through it or be seen as weak.'

'At the time, unfortunately, that was just the culture of the university. I was hazed,' she said on 'GMA.'

'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's just not true.'

And though she admitted to Spencer that she was involved with some hazing, which, in her sorority, involved more menial tasks like standing in a line to recite information, a few sleepless nights and crafting, she explained, she said she did nothing to bring emotional or physical pain to pledges.

In her blog post, she also addressed the events that led to her termination from Alpha Phi. Yes, she said, she was kicked out of her sorority, but the real story isn't so dramatic:

When I was a senior, as one of the older sisters in the sorority, I was asked by a new member educator at the time to send an email to alumni asking them to attend an event. In the email, I joked that we could make the evening scary for the pledges. That statement was a joke – we never intended to actually engage in the wrongful behavior that I have been accused of – and the alumni event I spoke of never came to fruition anyway.

The email was forwarded by someone to the national organization. Based on that information, the national office summoned me for a judiciary hearing. At the time, it was the end of the school year. Finals, graduation, and moving to New York City were at the forefront of my concerns. Based on the fact that I did not attend this hearing that was the official reason given for my termination.

I was never involved with any name-calling or use of profanity toward a girl during my time with the sorority. I was never involved in any physical hazing or any degradation of physical appearance of any kind. This has all been immensely taken out of context and manipulated purposefully because I am now in a public position.

She went on to talk about how she will use her experiences and new platform to make a positive change in the world.

'Now that I'm 2 years removed from that experience at the sorority, I've learned what healthy relationships are, and can better speak to what young girls entering college should avoid and it has further developed my platform, 'Love Shouldn't Hurt: Protecting Women Against Domestic Violence,'' Kira said.

The Washington Post interviewed one of Kazantsev's sorority sisters, Abby Littleton, a 2014 Hofstra grad who was Kazantsev's 'little sister' in Alpha Phi, who came forward to defend her, who said her sorority is shocked by the Jezebel article.

Of her current sorority house, Littleton told The Washington Post, 'They are very, very sad about this because no one knows who is trying to bring Kira down. She's on top now, and it's really sad that people are trying to bring her down. No one knows who is saying these things.'

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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 11: Kira Kazantsev, Miss New York in swimsuit at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 11, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
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ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Victoria Cowen, Miss Florida wins in swimsuit at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 9, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Victoria Cowen, Miss Florida wins in swimsuit at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 9, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Victoria Cowen, Miss Florida wins in swimsuit at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 9, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Monique Evans, Miss Texas in swimsuit at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 9, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - SEPTEMBER 09: Mackenzie Bart, MIss Ohio talent winner, Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014 and Victoria Cowen, Miss Florida winner in swimsuit walk runway at Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall on September 9, 2014 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. (Photo by Donald Kravitz/Getty Images)
Nicole Pinto of Panama, newly named Miss Latin America 2014, poses during the swimsuit event in Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominican Republic on September 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ERIKA SANTELICES (Photo credit should read ERIKA SANTELICES/AFP/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 04: Miss South Carolina USA Christina Isabelle Zapolski attends the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 4, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
BATON ROUGE, LA - JUNE 04: Miss Rhode Island USA Christina Palavra attends the 2014 Miss USA preliminary competition at The Baton Rouge River Center on June 4, 2014 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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