Three years after winning the title of Miss Brooklyn, Mallory Hagan was crowned Miss America 2013 in Las Vegas this past weekend, becoming the first New Yorker to win the title since Vanessa Williams in 1984.
Hagan was no newcomer to the pageant scene, as she has been involved with the Miss America organization for over ten years.
For the past three years, Hagan "made sure to not set a bad example by getting the waif look through starvation diets," according to her boyfriend, who works at JPMorgan Chase in New York City.
She did not want to be rail-thin... She did it the right way: She did a lot of CrossFit, and she just ate a lot better.
According to her Facebook page, Hagan also did P90x in 2010, before CrossFit hit the mainstream. The combination of the two fitness programs, in addition to a new diet, helped Hagan win the swimsuit portion of the competition.
Since Hagan wasn't allowed to win the Brooklyn title twice, she competed and won the titles of Miss Manhattan and Miss New York state before going on to win the Miss America title this year. Along the way, Hagan reportedly ate "vegetarian egg-white omelets" at Windsor Park in Brooklyn.
During her year as Miss America, Hagan "wants to raise awareness that sexual abuse doesn’t just affect [children] in their youth, but affects them for the rest of their lives."