Brooklyn resident wins Miss America crown

Brooklyn resident wins Miss America crown

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Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan competes swimsuit portion of the Miss America pageant on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan competes swimsuit portion of the Miss America pageant on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Miss New York Mallory Hagan waves after she was crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken) Miss New York Mallory Hagan waves after she was crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

A 23-year-old contestant from Brooklyn has won the title of Miss America.

Mallory Hagan, from Park Slope, won the Las Vegas beauty pageant Saturday night after tap dancing to James Brown's "Get Up Off of That Thing" and answering a question about whether armed guards belong in grade schools by saying we should not fight violence with violence.

Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who took second, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third.

Hagan wins a $50,000 college scholarship and gets the crown for one year. Her platform was stopping child sexual abuse.

She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising money for the Children's Miracle Network, the organization's official charity.

The last time New York won the Miss America crown was in 1984 when Vanessa Williams took home the title, but resigned after Penthouse magazine bought and published nude photographs of her.

Hagan, a student at the Fashion Institute of Technology, is originally from Alabama. She moved to New York several years ago and was crowned Miss Brooklyn in 2010.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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