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Miss New York Mallory Hagan Crowned Miss America 2013

David Becker/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Mallory Hytes Hagan’s childhood dream of competing in, and ultimately winning, the Miss America pageant turned into a reality Saturday night.

Hagan, 23, who represented New York, beat out 52 other contestants for the crown.

Hagan defeated Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who was first runner-up, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished third. Miss Wyoming Lexie Madden and Miss Iowa Mariah Cary rounded out the top five.

According to her official Miss New York 2012 biography, Hagan attends the Fashion Institute of Technology and plans to graduate with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. She plans to enter the field of cosmetic and fragrance marketing. Her ultimate career ambition is to become a global marketing director for a cosmetics company.

Hagan was crowned Miss Brooklyn in 2010.

“I moved to NY in October 2008 with less than a grand in my pocket, a BIG suitcase &…a lot of hope,” says Hagan, who hails from Opelika, Ala.

Hagan attended Auburn University before deciding to pursue her dreams in New York in 2008.

As Miss New York, Hagan focused her efforts on Child Sexual Abuse Awareness and Prevention. Hagan will now become an advocate for the Children’s Miracle Network, the organization’s official charity.

Chris Harrison and Brooke Burke-Charvet hosted the show that featured a slew of personal stories including Miss Montana Alexis Wineman, the first autistic contestant in Miss America pageant history, as well as Miss District of Columbia Allyn Rose, who fell short of her goal at the pageant but was able to successfully convey a message about breast cancer prevention.

Miss America contestants prepare for months toning and perfecting their bodies, talents and brains for the pageant.

The core of the beauty pageant is the scholarship competition and the ultimate $50,000 scholarship prize.

Contestants must sign a contract before they compete attesting to a clean criminal record. There can be no marriages or pregnancies. The judging of the Miss America pageant begins a week before the live broadcast.

Hagan shined in her fun tap dance number to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing” and showed off her physique in a form-fitting black bikini.

She also voiced her opinion on the NRA’s controversial plan to post armed guards at schools during the final round of Q&A.

Hagan chose “Good Morning America” weatherman and Miss America judge Sam Champion’s question.

“In the wake of the Newtown tragedy there has been a lot of talk about gun control,” Champion said, “One solution being proposed is an armed guard in every school. Do you think that would make our schools safer?”

Hagan responded, “I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence. I think the proper way is to educate people on guns and the ways we can use them properly. We can lock them up, we can have gun safety classes, we can have a longer waiting period.”

As the pageant came to its conclusion, Miss America 2012 Maura Kaeppeler pinned the shining crown onto Hagan’s hair as the new Miss America mouthed, “Oh, my God. Thank you.”

Hagan ended the three decade long dry spell for New York contestants. Vanessa Williams was the last Miss New York to win the crown in 1984. Williams was forced to resign after racy photos surfaced.

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2013 Miss America Pageant Airs Saturday Night on ABC

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- One night before you get to ogle actors and actresses on the red carpet at the Golden Globe Awards, you can ogle beautiful women in swimsuits at the 2013 Miss America Pageant. 

The TV event airs on ABC this Saturday at 9 p.m. ET, live from the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The judges for this year's pageant include Dancing with the Stars pro Cheryl Burke, Good Morning America's Sam Champion, fashion industry leader Bradley Bayou, former Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart, Shark Tank mogul Daymond John, 2011 World Vault Champion McKayla Maroney, and Miss America 2009, Katie Stem Irk.

Dancing with the Stars co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet will host the event as the judges work together to evaluate each contestant and decide who will get to wear the tiara -- and take home thousands of dollars in scholarship money.  The fact that the contestants are competing for cash to pay for school is something that not a lot of people realize, says Burke-Charvet, who adds that there are other long-held misconceptions about the pageant.

"I don't think people really realize how intelligent these women are and that most of them are competing for scholarship money," she tells ABC News Radio.  "They're incredibly accomplished women, so charitable, and I was was really impressed at how dynamic they are."

Calling the contestants' looks "just a portion of this competition," Brooke-Charvet added, "I think poise and personality are a big part of it [too]."

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Actor and TV Host Gary Collins Dies at 74

(L)Mary Ann Mobley (R) Gary Collins, David Livingston/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Actor and television host Gary Collins has died at the age of 74. He passed away around 1 a.m. at Biloxi Regional Medical Center in Biloxi, Mississippi. The Harrison County Coroner ruled that the former Love Boat actor died of natural causes.

Collins guest starred on numerous shows during his career, including the Six Million Dollar Man, Hawaii Five-O, Charlie’s Angels and Perry Mason. He also hosted the TV talk show Hour Magazine, ABC’s The Home Show, and The Miss America Pageant.

He was married to former Miss America Mary Ann Mobley, from whom he separated in 2010.

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Miss America Slams TLC’s "Toddlers & Tiaras"

Maddy Jackson dresses up like country star Dolly Parton in the "Toddlers and Tiaras". (TLC)(NEW YORK) -- Don’t expect Miss America to “redneck-ognize” episodes of Toddlers & Tiaras or be rubbing elbows with Honey Boo Boo.

Laura Kaeppeler, who was crowned Miss America in January, is not one of the three million fans hooked on TLC’s Toddlers & Tiaras and its  spin-off, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Laura Kaeppeler says it takes a lot more to be crowned Miss America than it does to dress up and parade around a stage like the young girls on the TLC hit.

“There’s a misconception that pageants are beauty pageants. … Miss America is a scholarship provider,” she told E! News Wednesday. “We compete in talent and community service, so there’s a lot more to it.”

Miss America is “more about being a well-rounded, young woman” than the kiddie pageants are, Kaeppeler said.

The 24-year-old from Wisconsin hinted that the parents on the TLC shows may be the real problem.

“I don’t agree with those sort of programs,” she said. “I don’t think it’s the child who wants to do that necessarily. … I think it may come from an outside source. I think if you’re going to do something like [competing in pageants], you should do it because you want to.”

Kaeppeler is the most recent Miss America to speak out against Toddlers & Tiaras and its spin-off. Vanessa Williams, who won the Miss America title in 1983, spoke out  n May, saying she would never let her children compete in such pageants.

“I think they don’t know what they are doing,” she said on an episode of Anderson Cooper’s daytime talk show, Anderson.  "But when the child is screaming and saying, ‘I don’t want to do this, I don’t feel like doing it,’ when they are using special juice to get them hyped …”

Cooper interjected and explained that “special juice,” also known as “go-go juice,” is a mix of Mountain Dew and 7-Up.

“Yeah, that’s not my world,” Williams said, “and I would never have my kids do that.”

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Miss America 2012 to Be Crowned 

Photodisc/Thinkstock(LAS VEGAS) -- A new Miss America will be crowned on Saturday night in a live ABC telecast.

Contestants from the 50 states and the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands will compete for the crown.

Outgoing Miss America 2011 Teresa Scanlan will pass the crown to the new pageant winner chosen by a panel of seven judges including Mark Ballas from Dancing With The Stars, Kris Jenner from Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Lara Spencer from Good Morning America.

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Miss America: Youngest Winner In 90 Years

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(LAS VEGAS) -- 17-year-old Teresa Scanlan of Nebraska has become the youngest winner of the Miss America crown in 90 years.

Scanlan won a $50,000 scholarship and a year-long rein with the crown after beating out 52 other contestants Saturday night at Planet Hollywood casino and resort in Las Vegas. She is the youngest Miss America since the pageant's first competition in 1921, which Margaret Gorman of the District of Columbia won at age 15.

First runner-up Miss Arkansas Alyse Eady won $25,000, while Miss Hawaii Jalee Fuselier won $20,000 for third place.

Caressa Cameron, who was crowned Miss America last year, handed off the coveted crown to the new winner after a two-hour competition.

Contestants hailed from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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