Just about everyone in pageantry has been following along with the email scandal in the Miss America Organization. While many are worried about the organization collapsing, Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan is instead hoping that the situation will bring some much-needed change to the organization.
About the scandal
In case you missed it, last week there was a huge story surrounding leaked emails written and received by the Miss America Organization CEO Sam Haskell. The emails involved shaming Hagan for her weight and possible sexual history as well as other derogatory remarks about former Miss Americas. (Read: Miss America CEO Targets Former Miss Americas in Organization Emails)
These emails sparked outrage about past and current titleholders in the Miss America Organization. Not long after the emails were released to the general public did fans start requesting that Haskell and others involved in the emails resign from their positions within the organization. To date, four members of the Board of Directors have resigned, including former CEO Sam Haskell, President Josh Randle, Tammy Haddad and Lynn Weidner. The organization lost its relationship with Dick Clark Productions and Atlantic City is contemplating breaking ties with the Miss America Organization.
With four members of the Board having resigned and the loss of major partners, many are wondering if the Miss America Organization will continue on. (Read: What You NEED to Know About the Miss America Email Scandal)
About Hagan’s interview
This morning, Hagan appeared on the “Good Morning America” show to talk about the scandal and what this could possibly mean for the organization. (Read: How to Prepare for a Live TV Interview)
“I think this is an opportunity to see how women can come together,” Hagan said. “I hope it signals the reinvention.”
Hagan has said that the emails were hurtful but validating because she knew things were being said about her behind her back but had no way of proving it. She said today that she still hasn’t really received an apology for the words that were spoken of her. (Read: Former Miss Americas Demand Board Resignation)
“I did see that Josh Randle said he apologizes for his behavior and, for that, I guess I’m grateful,” said Hagan. “But in the other statements that I saw, I’m not seeing really an apology there.”
What will happen to the Miss America Organization now that so many people have resigned?
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