Hagan, who now lives in New York and was Miss New York in 2012 before gaining the Miss America title in 2013, was targeted in emails between the Miss America CEO, Sam Haskell, and board members.
“Watching this unfold has been both validating and very hard,” Hagan said Thursday in a video post on her Facebook page, w she goes by Mallory Hytes Hagan.
Hagan added another Facebook post Friday morning in which she said she was heartbroken but not surprised.
In the emails, Haskell describes Hagan as “Fat and gross.”
In another exchange from August 2014, Haskell received an email that said Hagan’s hairdresser had been commenting on Hagan’s sex life, as well as her recent weight gain.
Haskell forwarded the email to Miss America telecast lead writer Lewis Friedman and noted, “Not a single day passes that I am not told some horrible story about Mallory.”
The emails also suggest Haskell smeared Hagan and her pageant-coaching business after he became convinced she was personally maligning him.
Hagan’s name was added to a list of coaches that Miss America contestants were not allowed to use, and “Soon after, Hagan’s lucrative coaching business fell apart,” according to the Huffington Post story.
Hagan grew up in Opelika, Ala., and is a 2007 graduate of Opelika High School.