The new Miss America 2013 is Mallory Hytes Hagan, Miss New York. The 23 year-old resident of Brooklyn who was raised in Opelika, Alabama was crowned Miss America 2013 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The the 2013 Miss America competition was broadcast live nationwide on ABC. As the newly-crowned titleholder, Hytes Hagan wins a $50,000 scholarship provided by Amway for her education. >>Photos of the 2013 Miss America Pageant
A student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Mallory is majoring in Advertising, Marketing and Communications and aspires to become the global director of marketing for a major cosmetics or fragrance firm.
During the evening gown competition, she looked every inch the Miss America, wearing an elegant, form-fitting white gown in a one-shoulder style. In the talent competition, she showed off her over over 20 years of dance training as she performed a lively tap dance to James Brown’s “Get Up off of That Thing”. Her victory makes her one of the rare tap dancers to successfully tap off with the coveted Miss America crown. According to the book, Miss America: In Pursuit of the Crown”, the last tap dancer to win was North Carolina’s Maria Fletcher, who performed a “pantomime tap dance” to win the 1962 Miss America title.
During the final question, when asked what she thought about the possibility of using security officers armed with guns in elementary schools to protect children from future mass murders, such as occurred in Newtown, Connecticut, she responded that “the answer is not to fight violence with violence”.
In addition to being one of the few tap dancers to win the coveted title in decades, Hagan becomes one of the few Miss Americas to win without having first earned a preliminary talent or swimsuit award.
As Miss America, Hagan will travel nationwide advocating her personal platform, “Stop it Now: Child Sexual Abuse”, an issue that she has said hits especially close to home since several women in her family have been victims of sexual abuse. She hopes to encourage others to take a stand against sexual abuse by sharing the personal experiences of her loved ones.
She will travel approximately 20,000 miles each month speaking to audiences about her platform and acting as the official National Goodwill Ambassador for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals, is the national platform partner of the Miss America Organization.
In addition, she will serve as the official spokesperson for Amway, Joseph Ribkoff Inc. and Catalina Swimwear, and well as serving as spokesperson for Education and focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) as she travels to Washington, DC to work with the Department of Education.
The first runner-up was Miss South Carolina, Ali Rogers, the evening’s crowd favorite. Rogers who earned a $25,000 Amway scholarship. Her titleholder platform is “Make a Difference”.
Alicia Clifton, Miss Oklahoma, was named second runner-up and earned a $20,000 Amway scholarship. A tap dancer, her personal platform is “Tap” Into Lifelong Volunteerism.
Miss Wyoming, Lexie Madden was named third runner-up; and Miss Iowa, Mariah Cary finished as fourth runner-up.
Two of the top five contenders had been prominently featured in an hour-long “20/20” special episode, “Pageant Confidential: The Road to Miss America“, which aired prior to the pageant, interestingly, depicting opposite ends of the spectrum of contestants’ pageant preparation. Miss South Carolina, Ali Rogers, was featured as an example of a contestant backed by a strong, well financed state pageant committee with the resources to provide her with an apartment, car and substantial wardrobe during her reign; while Miss Wyoming, Lexie Madden, was featured as an example of a titleholder from a state without such strong backing who resorted to community fund-raising to finance her preparations for the Miss America pageant.
The winner of ABC’s America’s Choice award (an online competition where viewers vote for their favorite Miss America contestant to move into the semi-finals.) was Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana (to right). Wineman became the 15th Finalist to compete in the live finals.
Host Chris Harrison (The Bachelor) announced the on-air surprise that judges would be allowed to jointly select a new “Judge’s Choice” semi-finalist – the one contestant they had been surprised not to see make the semi-finals to become an additional semi-finalist. After conferring during the commercial break, the panel announced that they had decided upon Miss Washington, Mandy Schendel (to far right) as the winner of the Judge’s Choice position. Schendel had won the Thursday night preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness (swimsuit) award , but had failed to make the semi-finals. She immediately joined the other semi-finalists and competed in the first round of competition before being eliminated.
Miss District of Columbia, Allyn Rose, who has received extensive national media attention for her breast cancer prevention platform, “Breast Cancer Prevention – the Judy R.O.S.E. Method”, failed to make the televised semi-finals. Rose had made public that she will undergo a preventive double mastectomy after the pageant because she carries the gene for breast cancer that cost her mother, grandmother and great aunt their lives.
Miss America 2013 Biography
Hometown: Brooklyn, NY
Education: Fashion Institute of Technology
Scholastic & Career Ambitions: Bachelors in Advertising & Marketing; Enter the field of Cosmetic & Fragrance Marketing
Platform Issue: Child Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention
Talent: Tap Dance
Miss America History: Mallory has been involved in the Miss America Organization for 10 years! She started as a teen in the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen program, was the 1st Runner Up in Miss New York 2010 and 2011, and will now compete in the Miss America Pageant – a childhood dream!
Mallory Hagan is a 23 year-old resident of Park Slope, Brooklyn and a student at The Fashion Institute of Technology studying Advertising, Marketing and Communications. A talented tap dancer, Hagan has over 20 years of dance training and holds several leadership roles including spokesperson for Fitocracy.com and a counselor for Show Choir Camps of America. Additionally, she has volunteered for organizations such as Girls Inc., Boys and Girls Club, American Cancer Society and the Dove: Campaign for Real Beauty. After her reign as Miss New York, Hagan plans to use her $10,000 scholarship to finish her degree and pursue a career in Cosmetics & Fragrance Marketing.
Official Platform of Miss America 2013
Child Sexual Abuse Awareness & Prevention
Mallory Hagan, Miss America 2013, will be focusing her efforts on Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention, an issue that hits close to home. Hagan has chosen to honor the women in her family who have been victims of sexual abuse by sharing their personal stories and encouraging others to take a stand. Current partnerships include organizations such as Stop It Now!, Darkness to Light and Safe Horizon. Hagan has also joined the Child Abuse Prevention Program team where she will play an integral role in program planning for the upcoming school year, as well as the organizations’ social media presence and fundraising efforts.