Miss America Mallory Hagan was criticized this week for being fat after a few post-pageant bikini pics showed up online.
Hagan, who wears a bikini professionally, was ridiculed for putting on a few extra pounds after the pageant ended in January. The newly crowned Miss America responded to the comments today saying that “she’s human” and that she isn’t always in pageantry shape.
Hagan said: “I think that I’m human…and I’d like to equate getting ready for the Miss America pageant, you know, to getting ready for a boxing match … We get into shape and then afterwards life goes back to normal.”
Hagan also said that after winning the crown she hasn’t had much time to work out since she is traveling all the time.
Hagan added: “I think a lot of people don’t realize how much Miss America travels … I travel on average 20,000 miles a month so every 48 hours I am in a different place just about. So it’s really a challenge to maintain that same body that I went to Miss America with.”
The beauty queen said that she’s all about living a healthy lifestyle but sometimes you “just want to eat potatoes.”
Hagan said: “I struggle with it just like every young woman does …. I think it’s something we all strive to be better at, but I’m real.”
Here’s a video of Mallory Hagan talking about her bikini figure.
But it doesn’t look like Miss America is letting the fat comments steer her away from delicious food.
— Mallory Hytes Hagan (@MissAmerica) March 15, 2013