Julia Kazantsev holds a Master's degree in Geography and is a classically trained mezzo-soprano. She has been happily married for 30 years, and is a Real Estate Broker with Sotheby's International Realty. She is very involved with her children's high school as a member of the PTSA and also volunteers with the Russian Scouts of America Organization in San Francisco. The mother of 2, her son, Bo, is 16 years old and an avid swimmer, soccer player, and competition skier. Her daughter, Kira, 24, a graduate of Hofstra University was Miss New York 2014 and went on to win Miss America 2015!
Preparing for pageants since Julia's daughter was 11, she has worn many hats as her coach, mentor, seamstress, and occasional bodyguard. It has been an incredible bonding experience and a wonderful journey. Julia also loves traveling internationally, excellent food, and re-watching Kira’s TV appearances on YouTube as often as possible.