Erin Brady, a 25-year-old accountant from Connecticut, won the Miss USA beauty pageant on Sunday. The organization, which promotes breast and ovarian cancer awareness, is said to look for contestants who are not only beautiful, but intelligent also. The event was held in Las Vegas, and was hosted by pop-star Nick Jonas and E! News co-anchor Giuliana Rancic.
The beauty queen, who worked full-time while in college and majored in finance, was crowned Miss USA on Sunday after having relatively little experience with beauty pageant participation. Brady plans to leave her accounting position at Prudential Financial in Hartford in order to fulfill her duties as Miss USA for her one-year term.
The winner was awarded an apartment in New York, and is expected to promote cancer awareness for the Miss USA organization. Brady also hopes to reach out to children who have had substance abuse in their family background in the hopes that they find healing.
Miss USA plans to represent the United States of America in the Miss Universe pageant this winter. She and her fiancé are set to wed later this year.