Mallory Hagan, tap-dancing phenom and newly-crowned Miss America, is being claimed by boundless proud New Yorkers. And even though it looks like she’s technically living in Windsor Terrace, we’re psyched to have her around the neighborhood.
Mallory, a student at FIT, has worked up the competition ranks since named Miss Brooklyn in 2010. She won over judges in the Las Vegas pageant with her campaign against child abuse, her response to a question on whether or not armed guards should be stationed in grade schools (“I don’t think the proper way to fight violence is with violence”), and, of course, her tap routine to James Brown’s “Get Up Off of That Thing.”
Check out these skills and just try not to be completely charmed:
Congratulations, girl! You earned it.
Photo credit AP/Isaac Brekken