Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan has been crowned Miss America 2013.
In the Miss America 2013 beauty pageant competition held in Las Vegas, contestants from all states participated. The winner, 23-year-old Mallory Hytes Hagan, belongs to Brooklyn, New York. She made her way through the competition based on her talent and beauty.
“I can’t believe this is happening,” she said tearfully after last year's winner, Laura Kaeppeler, put the crown on her head.
Hagan beat out 52 other contestants for the $50,000 scholarship prize money after she showed her beauty and talent at the competition. Hagan won both the bikini competition, in a black swimsuit, and the evening gown section, in a white one-shoulder dress. For the talent section, she tap-danced to the tune of James Brown's “Get Up Off That Thing”, and impressed the judges with her talent.
During the question-answer session, Mallory Hagan was asked if armed guards should be placed outside schools in the wake of the tragedy in Newton, Conn., to which she replied, “I actually don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence,” and stressed the importance of educating the public on proper gun use.
After all the rounds, the judges reached a consensus, crowning Miss New York as Miss America 2013. After winning this title, Hagan, an aspiring cosmetics executive, will spend the rest of the year touring the country and raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, which is the official charity of the Miss America Organization.
The first runner-up at the Miss America 2013 competition is Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, while Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton took the second runner-up spot. This time around, several of the young women who participated in the beauty pageant had very touching stories. Miss Montana Alexis Wineman, who enrolled in the pageant on a whim, was the first contestant living with autism, while Miss D.C. opened up about the double mastectomy she was planning to undergo after the Vegas competition to reduce her risk of breast cancer. Miss Iowa Mariah Cary also discussed her struggle with Tourette’s syndrome since the age of 8.