Mallory Hagan won the title of Miss America in 2013.
Miss America 2013
In 2013, Mallory was the fourth Miss New York to earn the coveted title of Miss America in Las Vegas, Nevada and a $50,000 scholarship to continue her education. In an instant, she became a national icon and spokesperson for the Miss America Organization, its various sponsors, and Children's Miracle Network Hospitals, visiting many of the CMNH partner hospitals across the nation.
In her eight months as Miss America, Mallory traveled nearly 20,000 miles a month championing for her personal platform, Stop it Now: Child Sexual Abuse. In her travels, she had the opportunity to speak with local and national media outlets, address audiences of all ages and lobby on Capitol Hill with the National Children's Alliance to restore national funding for America's Child Advocacy Centers. Mallory joined forces with the likes of Prevent Child Abuse America, Safe Horizon, Stop it Now and the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children to spread the message that prevention is, in fact, possible.
While her main focus was child abuse prevention, Mallory also had the distinct pleasure of visiting with and supporting troops across the country, as well. She had the opportunity to attend the National Coast Guard Festival in Michigan with the 24th Commandant, Admiral Robert Papp, Jr. and his wife, Linda, a former Miss Connecticut. At the festival, she attended memorial services, award ceremonies and was honored in the annual parade. Some of Mallory's most memorable moments with service members, however, were her afternoons at Walter Reed Medical Center where she visited with the brave men and women of our armed forces who were wounded in combat.
Throughout her travels, Mallory was publicly criticized for weight-gain and, thus, began to openly share her personal struggle body image. Taking pride in being "real" with her followers, Mallory began to speak about being #bodypostive, finding self-acceptance and changing society expectations.
Mallory continues to speak to women's organizations, child advocacy centers and schools about her platform and self-acceptance today.