There were probably a couple of factors that lead the future Mallory Hagan-Aubie to do what she did during the preliminary talent round of the Miss America competition Wednesday in Atlantic City.
It was obviously one of those public Us vs. Them moments ripe for LOL displays of team spirit to which Hagan, a vocal Auburn fan and, lest we forget, former Niffer’s employee, has thus far embraced. And if you were faced with the nightmarish prospect of handing over your crown, the coveted glass slipper of American womanhood, to the newest pinup queen of Bama Nation (as sweet as we’re sure she is) and her “houndstooth” Roll Tide dress, you’d probably do everything you could to distract her during her routine, too.
(Miss Alabama Chandler) Champion performed a spy-themed ballet en pointe routine, using the theme music from “Dragnet,” “Mission Impossible” and the James Bond franchise.
“She nailed it,” said Miss Alabama Executive Director Nan Teninbaum.
Although contestants’ talents were on full display, the Alabama and Auburn football rivalry also made an appearance.
Current Miss America Mallory Hagan, who attended Auburn University, yelled out “War Eagle” during the preliminary. Members of the audience from Alabama quickly responded with a “Roll Tide” according to Teninbaum.
Mercifully, Champion (at least her parents didn’t name her national), a University of Alabama student, is only scheduled to dress up like the Wicked Witch of West Vance during a pre-pageant parade, but don’t think she won’t and uh, the Tuscaloosa everywhere like such as on stage. Champion told NJ.com, she’ll introduce herself to the judges by saying “From the state known for national championships, here to be your champion tonight, I’m Miss Alabama Chandler Champion.”
Related: Shug Jordan’s houndstooth hat is prized possession of former Auburn coed who caught it after ’69 Iron Bowl, claims it predates Bear’s.
* Katy Perry in Auburn
* Auburn’s 70s Super Fan
* Selena Roberts, Auburn student journalist
* Apple CEO Tim Cook huge Auburn fan even in high school
* Pat Dye sitting on Aubie
* That time David Housel punked the SEC with fake recruits
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So Miss America yelled “War Eagle” while the Miss America wannabe yelled the other thing.
Bet “National” is her middle name. I do feel badly for Chandler Champion, because you know she didn’t want to wear that goshawful dress thing, but she had to (as a pageant contestant) put on a pretty smile and do her best to hold her head high. She could get the pity vote. :\
Would someone kindly inform Aubie that Miss NY is bad mouthing his bride. He is not going to like this…. at all.
Michael LaPointe says
Let’s hope she wears that tacky dress during the competition. No way would she ever win in that thing.
Wow. That should be worn the one time this picture was made. Hideous.