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Miss America 2013 Lives in Brooklyn

LAS VEGAS, NV - JANUARY 12:  Miss America 2012 Laura Kaeppeler crowns Mallory Hytes Hagan of New York the new Miss America during the 2013 Miss America Pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on January 12, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images) She can't believe it!

Miss New York, 23-year-old Mallory Hagan, single-handedly redeemed the shame of the Jets' last season by beating out 52 contestants to become Miss America 2013 in Las Vegas on Saturday night. Hagan, an Alabama native, moved to Park Slope in 2008 "with less than a grand in my pocket, a BIG suitcase and a lot of hope" and no opinions on the Co-op. She was named Miss Brooklyn in 2010 and is currently studying advertising and marketing at FIT. This charming young gal took the big crown last night with a one-two punch of sensible thoughts on gun control:

"I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence," Hagan said firmly. "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."

And a tap-dancing routine set to James Brown's "Get Up Offa That Thing":

She also demonstrated her ability to walk around in a swimsuit, at one point.

Hagan is the first Miss New York to take first place in the pageant since 1984, when Vanessa Williams won. Let's hope that Hagan's rule is a more peaceful one.

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Photo: David Becker/2013 Getty Images