Miss America Pageant, The Viral Nature of Negativity and Britney Spears - Instant Response Team 9/19 (by Lives with Meredith Vieira) 

Today we had last year’s Miss America, Mallory Hagan, as our guest to talk about the controversy surrounding the pageant’s first Indian-American winner, Nina Davuluri. I’ll admit, I had to keep my cool when the topic of “lose the hyphenation, she’s just American” came up, but I think I did a good job of explaining why being Indian is an important part of who Nina is and should absolutely remain part of the conversation. What do you think?


Mallory Hagan competed at Miss New York twice before winning and then going on to win Miss America. The blue bikini is at Miss Brooklyn. The red bikini is at Miss New York, where she won, as Miss NYC. The black bikini is at Miss America, where she won, as Miss New York.

Is she “fat” or “ugly” in the blue bikini? Absolutely not. She is beautiful inside and out. But it just goes to show that hard work and dedication is not easy, but it is worth it. 


Miss New York - Mallory Hytes Hagan

Hometown - Brooklyn, New York

Age - 23

Education - Fashion Institute of Technology, currently studying Advertising, Marketing, and Communications

Platform - Child Sexual Abuse Prevention

Career Ambition - To become a global marketing director for a cosmetics company

State Talent - Tap Dance: Get Up Offa That Thing

Fun Facts - Mallory is not new to the Miss New York stage. In 2010 and 2011, she finished 1st Runner Up, though unlike many others, she did not choose to represent her state at the National Sweetheart Pageant. 

Miss New York Crown Miss America 2013 

  • Miss New York, a.k.a. Mallory Hagan,  was crowned Miss America 2013 in Las Vegas. The 23-year-old beauty queen moved to Brooklyn from her hometown in Alabama in 2008 “with less than a grand in my pocket”.