They danced, twirled, flashed their pearly whites and strutted their best stuff in a quest for the tiara — and the scholarship cash.
And in the end … Miss New York, Mallory Hytes Hagan, 23, was named Miss America 2013.
Her hometown is Brooklyn and she attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. Her platform issue is child sexual abuse prevention and she plans to obtain a degree in cosmetics and fragrance marketing, according to her bio, with an eye toward a career in global cosmetics marketing. She was tops with the judges in the swimsuit competition during Saturday night’s show, and she performed a mean tap dance to James Brown’s Get Up Offa That Thing.