She did it. South Glastonbury resident and CCSU grad Erin Brady won Miss USA Sunday night in Las Vegas. Goes to show you can have brains, beauty and live in CT and be a pageant winner. First CT win in Miss USA!! On to Miss Universe. Congratulations!
Wikipedia immediately updated its Portland, Ct. entry Monday. The “Notable People” portion now includes :
“Erin Brady (1987-), Miss Connecticut 2013, Miss USA 2013, grew up in town and went to Portland Public Schools”
On the Miss USA website, it states Brady holds a degree in finance with a minor in criminal justice. She is a financial accountant for Prudential Retirement in Hartford , where “she works behind the scenes by running the controls that ensure every member of her team has performed their work correctly and efficiently,” it notes. The site also states Brady plans to pursue an MBA in the near future and hopes to get involved with Pension Risk Transfers.
“Erin was raised in a home heavily influenced by alcohol and substance abuse and she sadly remembers the lack of support and places to turn to for the children of addicts, such as her,” it states. ” She has since learned that more than half of adult addicts are children of alcoholics. It is her goal to help break the cycle of addiction as she plans to be an advocate for children of alcohol and substance abuse.”
The Miss USA website also notes Brady has helped with the Ferrari and Friends Concorso, which works closely with the Children’s Medical Hospital and the “Make-A-Wish Foundation”; Susan G. Komen, Walk for The Cure events; and, Habitat for Humanity as her charities of choice.
By the way, love the fact that another CT first was there at the pageant. Miss Teen USA, Southington resident Logan West was on stage for the crowning.
And one other fun fact…it has been 80 years since CT had a national winner. Former New Haven resident Marion Bergeron won the Miss America crown in 1933.
Nutmeg State women rule!