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Here she is — your new Miss Brooklyn

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There’s no denying that the smartest, most-talented and most-beautiful women in the state are Brooklynites — and this year, Mallory Hagan is the queen of the crop.

The 21-year-old Alabama native is the newest Miss Brooklyn after tap dancing and two-piece bikini-ing her way into the judges’ hearts at the March 28 competition.

She defeated nine contestants, running on a “platform” of self-identity and positive body image.

Hagan, after all, wants to work with the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, a self-esteem-promoting operation.

“As Miss Brooklyn, I want to leave a legacy for this organization rather than myself,” Hagan said. “If I can convince one girl to be confident enough to be interested in competing … my legacy will be my investment.”

The Bedford-Stuyvesant renter has some big shoes to fill, as her predecessor Keelie Sheridan of Sheepshead Bay readies herself for the Miss New York pageant — but Miss Brooklyn pageant promoters say that shouldn’t be a problem for Hagan, who’s a “smart, driven, gorgeous” representation for the borough of Kings.

“She is really an amazing woman,” said Tamara Walker, a spokeswoman for the pageant. “Ms. Hagan has so much to offer, and she’ll be an empowering role model through the next year.”

Hagan is taking a hiatus from Brooklyn College to focus on her job and community work — like most pageant winners do, Walker said — and said she is excited to work her way toward the less-cool title of Miss America.

If she makes it that far, she’ll be following in the tiaraed temple of the greatest Miss Brooklyn who ever lived, Leigh-Taylor Smith, who was one of five finalists in the 2009 Miss America pageant.

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WTF from Brooklyn Park says:
She aint even from Brooklyn! a prerequisite is she should be born in a Brooklyn hospital!
April 2, 2010, 1:23 pm
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
Brooklyn Hospital maternity wards...no thanks. We did a homebirth in Brooklyn and first kid was born in Manhattan. Haven't you heard the Methodist horror stories? And they are supposed to be the best in BK.
April 2, 2010, 1:39 pm
BrooklynGrl from BedStuy says:
Big deal, who IN New York is FROM New York, anyway? We’re ALL transplants at some point! Besides, according to preliminary Census findings, Brooklyn is the fastest growing borough in NYC-we can’t help it if EVERYONE wants to be a Brooklynite!! :-)
April 2, 2010, 2:47 pm
Jocelyn from Ridgewood says:
"who IN New York is FROM New York"

I am.
April 3, 2010, 8:04 am
Jaime from Clinton Hills says:
Out of the 9 contestants, how many were actually from Brooklyn?? Don't hate that an Alabama-native came in and swept the title. She won because she deserved it. The end.

Jocelyn, why didn't you enter the pageant?? You know, represent for a "real Brooklyn" girl?? :)
April 3, 2010, 3:12 pm
Carty from Park Slope says:
It's about time we fatter women had a role model. Before Mallory I thought that I should lose some weight, now I know that I am beautiful and shouldn't.It's changed my life in a way that I never thought possible.
Women of size are constantly ignored by the beauty pagent elites. In fact we're bigger and there is more of us to love.

I think that this is only a beginning. Why should beauty queens not look like perfectly average women? In fact, why not just declare every woman on the street Miss Brooklyn, that way every single body type is represented and no one will feel left out. It shouldn't just be the preserve of beautiful women, what about our less attractive sisters - shouldn't they also have a chance to be non-beautiful beauty queens? This whole industry is promoting the myth that attractive people are better looking than the unattractive.
April 3, 2010, 9:50 pm
LeAnna says:
Carty, the ignorant tone of your rant just proves you know nothing about the Miss America system. It is a SCHOLARSHIP PAGEANT, not a BEAUTY PAGEANT. If you want fake, perfect people, stick to Toddlers & Tiaras. Why is it that people get so threatened by strong, confident women? No one has to be a size 0 to be a strong leader and role model for other girls and young women. It's people like you that make women feel horrible about themselves. But, your insecure, ignorant rant was a great way to make yourself feel better. Good job!!!
April 4, 2010, 1:45 am
Jane from Brooklyn Heights says:
@LeAnna -
A scholarship pagent that makes the contestants parade around in bathing suits - presumably to show off their intelligence?
April 4, 2010, 11:03 am
Traci from Kensington says:
How is Miss Brooklyn not even a Brooklyn native? Your caption says it all, "Mallory Hagan, supposedly of Bedford-Stuyvesant, won the Miss Brooklyn pageant on Sunday.", SUPPOSEDLY? Really?
April 5, 2010, 12:50 pm
linny from clarkadale says:
she lives in brooklyn now she's been living there now for some years. and shes not fat at all this is just an awkward pic. i think she's absolute perfection and she has achieved so much.
xoxo
July 1, 2010, 12:33 am
Joey from Dumbo says:
Well, based on the fact that she just won the Miss America Pagent, I would say that she no longer "pales in comparison to Leigh-Taylor Smith.
Jan. 13, 2013, 12:34 am

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