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?
You know whats dumb? People calling Mallory Hagan fat, and saying she gained a ton of weight after winning Miss America. Please. Tell me she is not stunning. I dot care if she laid off the diet and stopped lifting so much. Her gorgeous. Her body is beautiful. She should be proud. I am.
The new “Miss America”, Mallory Hagan, tap dancing to James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing”. As scornful as many of her fellow Brooklynites may have been about the whole idea of beauty pageants, one or two hipsters woke up to a chai latte thinking - “Hmm, pretty cool.”
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.
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, 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”.