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Mallory Hagan, Former Miss America, Speaks on Pageant Scandal

Mallory Hagan, Former Miss America, Speaks on Pageant Scandal

Mallory Hagan attends Point Honors Gala honors Greg Louganis and Pete Nowalk on April 11, 2016, in New York City. (Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for Point Foundation)

By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 06:16 PM

Former Miss America Mallory Hagan hopes the email scandal surrounding the celebrated pageant can lead to a rebirth of the organization.

Hagan was interviewed on ABC's "Good Morning America" and asked about the controversy involving Miss America CEO Sam Haskell and other board members in which leaked emails insulted winners for their weight and made suggestions of sexual indiscretions.

Following the public release of the emails, Haskell, organization President Josh Randle, and chairman Lynn Weidner resigned.

Hagan, the 2013 pageant winner who was among those smeared in the emails, told "GMA" she was "grateful" for Randle’s apology, but she wants to "move forward in the future."

“I hope it signals the reinvention and I hope that we’re starting a larger conversation here,” she told interviewer Paula Faris.

When asked if she had witnessed any demeaning behavior as a contestant, Hagan replied she would rather look ahead. "This is an opportunity to see how women can come together, support each other, rise up, take over the things that they want to see happen," she said.

Hagan called Brent Adams, a former pageant employee who denounced the emails, “the unsung hero” for defending her and other contestants.

In one of the emails, Lewis Friedman, lead writer for the Miss America telecast, wrote that Hagan was preparing for a career "as a blimp in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade," USA Today reported. He also asked, "Are we four the only ones not to have (slept with) Mallory?"

Haskell responded, "It appears we are the only ones!"

Hagan told "Good Morning America" the offensive emails pave the way for changes in the organization to "really put together some ideas in order to help, not just the pageant that you see on the telecast, but the day-to-day lives of these state titleholders."

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Former Miss America Mallory Hagan hopes the email scandal surrounding the celebrated pageant can lead to a rebirth of the organization, she said in an interview Tuesday.
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