Former Miss America Mallory Hagan hopes the e-mail scandal polluting the pageant “indicators the reinvention” of the competitors shifting ahead, she informed “Good Morning America.”
The interview on Tuesday follows ex-Miss America CEO Sam Haskell’s resignation after his sexist and degrading emails about former contestants had been made public. Group president Josh Randle and chairman Lynn Weidner have additionally resigned.
“Hindsight is at all times 20-20,” Hagan, who was topped the winner of the 2013 pageant winner, informed GMA when requested if she’d witnessed demeaning habits first-hand. She added that it’s important now to look forward — not within the rear-view.
Requested if the scandal marks the pageant’s demise or the reinvention, Hagan mentioned: “I hope it indicators the reinvention… I hope that we’re beginning a bigger dialog,” she added.
The main target of that dialog is “about how we’re going to maneuver ahead sooner or later. This is a chance to see how girls can come collectively, help one another, stand up, take over the issues that they wish to see occur,” she mentioned.
Hagan singled out Brent Adams, the previous pageant worker who spoke out concerning the emails, “the unsung hero. He stood up for me; he stood up for all these girls.”
As she expressed gratitude for his help and that of followers, she mentioned that mea culpas from pageant honchos concerned within the derogatory emails isn’t “the purpose.”
“I did see that Josh Randle mentioned he apologizes for his habits and, for that, I suppose I’m grateful. However within the different statements that I noticed, I’m not seeing actually an apology there. However that’s probably not the purpose right here. At this level, these individuals are now not affiliated with Miss America.”