Monday, January 14, 2013

Miss America Lives in Brooklyn!

Posted By on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 at 10:00 AM

Windsor Terrace-resident Mallory Hagan was crowned Miss America on Saturday, the Times reports—the first Brooklynite ever to receive the honor. (Many other outlets reported she lives in Park Slope.) The 23-year-old FIT student is originally from Alabama and moved to New York "several years ago." "Just look at her," a bartender told me yesterday in Park Slope, "and you can see she's not from New York." The reaction here has been mixed. "We don’t believe in beauty pageants,” a writer told the Times yesterday, meaning EVERYBODY IN BROOKLYN. But Hagan likes it here. "Brooklyn has grown very close to my heart," she wrote on her blog. While the first Brooklynite to become Miss America, she's not the first Miss New York to receive the honor. Here are all the Miss New Yorks who went on to win, including all the historic firsts—and scandals.

Bess Myerson
In 1945, Bronx native Myerson was crowned Miss America, the first Jewish woman—and New Yorker—to win since the pageant began in 1921. She went on to serve in the administrations of John Lindsay and Ed Koch, and almost won the Democratic primary for US Senate in 1980. And she's still alive!

Tawny Elaine Godin
Though born in Maine and known for her work as a broadcaster in Los Angeles, Godin was living in Yonkers when she became Miss America in 1976.

Vanessa L. Williams
Yes, that Vanessa Williams! The Tarrytown native was the first Miss America of African-American descent, though she only served in the role for less than a year after years-old nude photos surfaced in Penthouse and she was pressured to resign.

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