Erin Brady, Miss Connecticut, Wins Miss USA Contest in Vegas

A 25-year-old contestant from Connecticut won the title of Miss USA in Las Vegas on Sunday night.

Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Erin Brady of East Hampton, is crowned Miss USA 2013 at the conclusion of the 2013 MISS USA Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday June 16, 2013. Photo: Miss Universe

Her “special talent” is cooking. She loves to bowl. And now, she’s trending on Twitter.

Miss USA 2013 is Miss Connecticut.

The Central Connecticut State University fiance major could not contain her excitement at the prospect of telling her bosses at Prudential Financial she wouldn’t coming in Monday. Brady gets the crown and a New York apartment for one year.

She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising breast and ovarian cancer awareness, the organization’s official cause.

As her family and fiancee looked on, Brady beat out other beauties from every U.S. state and Washington D.C. to take the title, accepting the crown from outgoing queen Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether.

Erin Brady, 25, is from East Hampton, Conn. She works as a financial accountant and earned a finance degree at Central Connecticut State University, where she minored in criminal justice. Brady, who struggled with alcoholism in her family, has said she intends to become an advocate for children of addicts.

The 25-year-old beauty of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Asked if she agreed with the decision, Brady said she did.

“If someone is being prosecuted and committed a crime, it should happen. There are so many crimes that if that’s one step closer to stopping them, then we should be able to do so,” she said.

Unlike the rival Miss America pageant, Miss USA doesn’t ask its queens to perform a talent or choose a charity mission.

She wore an orange bikini with a matching halter-top as she strutted to the Jonas Brother’s “Pom Poms.” Later, she donned a strapless gown with a spangled golden corset and long white train.

When all was said and done, there were two finalists left, Connecticut and Alabama.

They were narrowed from from a Top 6, rather than the standard Top 5. The change this year came about after the pageant introduced a new twist. Viewers were allowed to tweet their support of one of the Top 10, ensuring they would move forward to the final round.

That twist led to Miss Texas going to the finals, even though she didn’t get the necessary votes from the judges. Each of the final six contestants answered the “Final Question.”

Now, Brady moves onto the Miss Universe pageant, which will be held in Moscow for 2013.

Last year’s Miss USA, Olivia Culpo, won that international crown, becoming the first Miss USA to ascend to Miss Universe in 16 years. Meriwether, who had been first runner-up, took over for her for the remainder of the year.

The animal rights organization People For The Ethical Treatment Of Animals is using the pageant to stage a protest of fur and the tradition of awarding furs to winners of some state pageants, reports the Huff Post.

PETA has made a provocative ad featuring four nude former Miss USA winners. The tagline is: “Feel Beautiful in Your Own Skin, and Let Animals Keep Theirs.”

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