Queen of the DayHere She Is, Miss America!Parry Ernsberger

NEW YOOOORK! Concrete jungle where dreams are made of! There’s nothin’ you can’t do! Including, but not limited to, becoming Miss America. Over the weekend, Mallory Hagan of Park Slope (Miss New York) proved that Brooklyn goes hard and pretty when she brought the crown home to the Empire State for the first time since Vanessa Williams in 1984.

23-year-old Hagan, who ran on a child sexual abuse awareness and prevention platform, showed brains with her beauty when she was asked whether armed guards belong in grade school. Her response was honest and appropriate, showing sensitivity and smarts:

“I actually don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence,” she said. “I think the proper way is to educate people about guns and the ways we can use them properly. You can lock them up; we can have gun safety classes, a longer waiting period before they are sold. The answer is not to fight violence with violence.”

Also: Girlfriend’s talent was tap-dancing to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing.” Best. Ever. Mallory, can we be friends? I can’t tap-dance for shit, but I will totally take lessons if it means James Brown is involved.

So congrats to Hagan, who won a $50,000 college scholarship and brings the crown to New York for one full calendar year — Assuming there’s no nude photos in her skeletal closet. (No hard feelings though, Vanessa. Nineties adult contemporary music wouldn’t have been the same without “Save the Best for Last”).

Photo courtesy of ABC News

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  1. I heard she was born in my current town: Opelika, Al.
    We’re so proud! :)