Mallory Hagan is a native of Opelika, Alabama where she graduated from Opelika High School in 2007. Upon completing a year at Auburn University, Mallory packed her bags, bought a one-way ticket and moved to New York City— with no job, no place to live, and no friends.
Fast forward through Times Square waitressing, and struggling to make ends meet, Mallory won the title of Miss New York 2012 in an effort to gain scholarship dollars to attend school at The Fashion Institute of Technology. In January of 2013, she became the first Miss New York to win Miss America since Vanessa Williams.
Post Miss America, Mallory co-founded a small personal branding business called DEFINE: Mind. Mission. Marketing. She and her partner consulted with over 200 clients across 47 states in the duration of their time in business together.
In 2016, Mallory joined the news team at WLTZ First News NBC 38 in Columbus, Georgia. She covered community events, sports, breaking news and elections over the course of 18 months, until her anchor days were interrupted by Alabamian’s who were eager for representation in Washington, D.C.
On February 6, 2018, Mallory announced her candidacy for Alabama’s 3rd congressional district. For nine months, Mallory worked tirelessly to bring awareness to the issues facing Alabamians and Americans. She ran a successful campaign and increased district voter turnout by 57% in the General Election.
Now, Mallory works as a brand strategist and consultant for small businesses. In addition, she continues to remain involved in organizations focused on activism and better representation. She also likes to spend time watching Netflix and playing with her pups, Brooklyn and Vegas.