Miss America: Brooklyn girl set to start media blitz
America's new darling is just a girl next door from Brooklyn.
Newly crowned Miss America Mallory Hagan is a 23-year-old student living on 17th Street in Park Slope, splitting her time between pageants and school at the Fashion Institute of Technology.
"She's very down to earth. Just a hard-working girl," her roommate, Michael, told the Daily News. "She was a (waitress), she goes to school and she does pageants."
Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz was beaming with hometown pride after Hagan won, saying the borough is "excited and thrilled" to have her win.
"I always say that Brooklyn is proud home to everyone from anywhere, and now that includes a Miss America," Markowitz said. "I had the honor of meeting Mallory at Brooklyn Borough Hall and have no doubt that she will represent Brooklyn, New York State and all of America with distinction during her reign."
The blonde bombshell, who moved to the city from Alabama in 2008 with less than a $1,000 to her name, according to reports, took the crown Saturday night after a rousing tapdance routine to James Brown's "Get Up Off That Thing."
"It feels awesome to awake as your #MissAmerica2013 ..jitters still have me speechless lol! =)," Hagan tweeted Sunday .
Her national media tour kicks off Monday with appearances on "Good Morning America," "The View" and "Extra," followed by an visit to "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday.
As Miss America, Hagan will travel some 20,000 miles each month to speak to audiences about her platform "Stop It Now: Child Sexual Abuse."
Hagan is the first Miss New York to win the title since 1984, when actress Vanessa Williams won, only to resign amid a nude photo controversy 10 months later.