Miss New York Nina Davuluri calls Miss America Mallory Hagan fat
It looks like there is some drama brewing behind the scenes of the Miss America 2014 beauty pageant.
Davuluri allegedly said it in her hotel room after she was crowned Miss New York on July 16, and a fellow contestant was in the next room and recorded the comments, along with other allegedly offensive remarks made by others.
"Davuluri invited friends back to her hotel room after her win. A girl in the next room overheard their conversation, and was so offended she decided to tape part of it," a source says. "A friend of Davuluri was supposedly heard making racist remarks, and Davuluri is allegedly heard on the tape blasting Miss America, 'Mallory's fat as [bleep].' The recording has been making the rounds of pageant contestants and officials. Her comments were brought to the board of the Miss America pageant."
Pageant organizers, however, deny that Davuluri did anything wrong and Davuluri sent a message on Facebook to Hagan saying, "I want to apologize for the awful statements made by people in my room . . . There were people who claimed to be my supporters and said things I never agreed with, nor supported . . . I was never a part of the words or statements that may have been hurtful . . . I'm sorry if someone said something that was inappropriate."
A rep for Miss America said, "The situation was investigated fully back in July and there is no validity to the story whatsoever. Miss New York spoke to Mallory Hagan to let her know there was no validity and to apologize if she was offended in any way."
Hagan has dealt with vicious comments about her weight in the past. After bikini pictures surfaced after she was crowned Miss America and many bullied and criticized her for putting on a few pounds, she spoke out about how she struggles with her weight like everyone else, and beauty pageant contestants are human.
A new Miss America will be crowned at the pageant in Atlantic City on live TV Sunday (Sept. 15).