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Miss America: I understand hardships women face

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  • Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan reacts as she is crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday in Las Vegas.

      Miss New York Mallory Hytes Hagan reacts as she is crowned Miss America 2013 on Saturday in Las Vegas.
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NEW YORK -- The newly crowned Miss America says she understands the hardships facing average women.

Speaking on ABC's "Good Morning America" Monday, Mallory Hagan says she went to school and worked full time before winning Miss New York and clenching the Miss America crown.

The 23-year-old says she understands "what it's like to do all these things day-to-day and still maintain a healthy lifestyle."

Hagan was crowned Saturday night. She raised the issue of child sexual abuse in her contestant platform.

She tells GMA she looks forward to educating and advocating on the issue during her year reign.

Hagan moved from Alabama to New York City as soon as she became a legal adult. She lives in Brooklyn, the city's most-populous borough.

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