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Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA contest in Vegas

Miss Connecticut USA 2013, Erin Brady of East Hampton, is announced as Miss USA 2013, and congratulated Miss Universe 2012, at the conclusion of the 2013 MISS USA Competition at PH Live in Las Vegas, Nevada on Sunday June 16, 2013. (Miss Universe Organization L.P. / Greg Harbaugh)
June 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
A field of 51 beauty queens from every U.S. state and the District of Columbia competed for the 62nd Miss USA title Sunday.

Erin Brady 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.

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.

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

The winner will represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant in the winter.

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 Associated Press contributed to this report.


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