"Sandy may have swept away our shores, but never our spirit. I'm Miss New York, Mallory Hagan."
Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan, 23, was crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday night in Las Vegas at the 92nd Miss America Pageant. Here's what you should know about her.
1. She's Really from Alabama
She may be "Miss New York," but Hagan is a Southern belle all the way — hailing from Opelika, Alabama. According to AL.com she was "a runner-up with the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen & Miss Alabama Scholarship Competitions." Hagan studied at Alabama's Auburn University before moving to New York in 2008. Impostor! But her Facebook page cover image [link removed] proudly declared "I (Heart) NY."
2. She Lives in Brooklyn
Hagan lives Brooklyn's Park Slope neighborhood, home to Steve Buscemi, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Patrick Stewart.
3. She Majors in Perfume
Hagan is a student at New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. According to her Tumblr, she "is currently studying Advertising, Marketing and Communications with a focus in Cosmetics and Fragrance."
4. She Won the Swimsuit Competition
Hagan placed No. 1 in the swimsuit portion of the pageant — weighted as 20 percent of the overall score — rocking her rock-hard abs in a push-up-top black bikini that squeezed her boobs into the judges' hearts.
5. She Used to Have Some Meat on Her Bones
Check out this photo of Hagan published after she was crowned Miss Brooklyn 2010. A beautiful woman, but those thighs would not have won her the Swimsuit portion of Miss America. Compare it with the photo in Fact 4.
In a Facebook conversation she credited the transformation to "fish and asparagus and P90X":
Hagan competed three years in a row in the Miss New York Pageant. She was first runner-up in both 2010 and 2011 before her win in 2012.
6. She Tap Danced to James Brown
James Brown could be heard grunting in his grave when he saw her latex rodeo outfit, but the crowd went wild for Hagan's tap-dance interpretation of "Get Up Off of That Thing."
7. She's $50,000 Richer
Hagan wins a $50,000 scholarship for her triumph in the pageant, but she was already debt-free when she won Miss New York, reports Beauty Pageant News:
I am debt-free in my third year of college. I will be able to finish my college career in Advertising and Marketing without paying any tuition through the combination of my 1st Runner Up earnings from the past two years and this year’s $10,000 scholarship...
8. She Has a Boyfriend
Sorry, fellas, Miss Hagan is taken. Showbiz Daily reports she's dating Charmel Maynard, an associate at JP Morgan. The 28-year-old is of Trinidadian descent and lives in New York.
9. She Doesn't Want Armed Guards at Schools
During the interview portion of the Miss America pageant, Hagan was asked whether she believes there should be armed guards at grade schools — a reference to the gun debate in the wake of the Sandy Hook Massacre. She said we shouldn't fight violence with violence.
10. And There's This ...
This douche can now say he almost licked Miss America.