Miss New York Mallory Hagan was crowned Miss America 2013 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
The 23-year-old Alabama native beat out Miss South Carolina Ali Rogers, who was the runner-up, and Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, who finished in third place.
Hagan, who lives in Brooklyn and is studying at the Fashion Institute of Technology, won over the audience with her dance routine and classic blonde hair and blue-eyed look.
The beauty queen drew applause with her response to a question about whether armed guards should be posted in schools in the wake of the massacre of six adults and 20 children last month at an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut.
"I don't think the proper way to fight violence is with violence," Hagan said. EFE