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Miss Connecticut wins Miss USA pageant

Published 17/06/2013 | 11:39

Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady reacts after being crowned Miss USA
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady reacts after being crowned Miss USA
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady competes in the swimwear competition
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady walks on stage for the formal wear section of the competition
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady (L) and Miss Alabama USA 2013 Mary Margaret McCord attend the 2013 Miss USA pageant
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady

25-year-old Miss Connecticut Erin Brady won the crown at the celebrity filled event in Las Vegas last night.

The Miss USA pageant may have its feminist critics, but the newly crowned queen landed her title after the judges were blown away by her response to a political question.

Miss Brady was asked about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to upholding widespread DNA tests, a move which she agreed with and clinch the crown for her at last night's pageant in Planet Hollywood, Las Vegas.

And while Erin wowed the panel with her political know-how, it was Miss Utah Marissa Powell who has become an overnight internet sensation after fumbling her answer in relation to a question from reality star and actress NeNe Leakes, who asked what it says about society that men still make more money than women, given that women are the main breadwinners in 40 percent of American households with children.

A stunned Miss Utah fumbled over her answer, saying: "We need to try to figure out how to create education better so that we can solve this problem.”

As part of  the Miss USA prize, Miss Brady will be given the keys to her own apartment in New York for one year - unsurprisingly in Trump Tower, as 'The Donald' owns the Miss Universe franchise.

She is expected to spend the next year raising awareness for breast and ovarian cancer, which is the official charity of the pageant; in addition to competing in Miss Universe later this year.

Hosts Nick Jonas of the Jonas Brother and E!'s Giuliana Rancic led the celebrity presence at the event, which saw quirky fashion designer Betsey Johnson, former Miss Alabama Katherine Webb, Calvin Harris, and Christina Milian.

Miss West Virginia and Miss Utah and Miss Connecticut, now Miss USA at last night's pageant in Las Vegas
Miss West Virginia and Miss Utah and Miss Connecticut, now Miss USA at last night's pageant in Las Vegas
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady reacts after being crowned Miss USA
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 16: Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady reacts after being crowned Miss USA during the 2013 Miss USA pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether crowns Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady
Erin Brady competes in the swimwear competition
Erin Brady during the formal wear competition
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady (L) and Miss Alabama USA 2013 Mary Margaret McCord
Television personality and pageant judge Jessica Robertson (L) and Miss Alabama USA 2011 Katherine Webb
TheJonas Brothers perform with the top 15 finalists
The Jonas Brothers perform with Miss Maine USA Ali Clair (L) and Miss Washington USA Cassandra Searles (R) during the Miss USA pageant
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 16: Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady (L) and Miss Alabama USA Mary Margaret McCord hold hands as they await the announcement of the winner during the 2013 Miss USA pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Brady was crowned the new Miss USA and Margaret was named the first runner-up. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 16: Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady (L) and Miss Alabama USA Mary Margaret McCord react as Brady is named the new Miss USA and Margaret the first runner-up during the 2013 Miss USA pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - JUNE 16: Recording artist Joe Jonas of the Jonas Brothers (C) performs with Miss Idaho USA Marissa Wickland (L) and Miss New York USA Joanne Nosuchinsky (R) during the 2013 Miss USA pageant at PH Live at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino on June 16, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady competes in the swimwear competition
Miss West Virginia USA Chelsea Lynn Welch
Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell
Miss North Carolina USA Ashley Love-Mills competes in the swimwear competition
Miss Alabama USA Mary Margaret McCord
Miss USA 2012 Nana Meriwether
Nick Jonas, Joe Jonas and Kevin Jonas arrive at the 2013 Miss USA pageant at Planet Hollywood
Christina Milian
Miss Alabama USA 2011 Katherine Webb
Fashion designer and pageant judge Betsey Johnson
Holly Madison
Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell gestures to the crowd during a commerial break
Giuliana Rancic
Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo
Hosts Nick Jonas and Giuliana Rancic
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady attends a press conference
Donald Trump and Erin Brady
Miss USA 2013 Erin Brady
Miss Utah USA Marissa Powell
Miss Pennsylvania USA Jessica Billings
Miss West Virginia USA Chelsea Lynn Welch
Miss Illinois USA Stacie Juris

 

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