Miss Connecticut Erin Brady was crowned Miss USA 2013 during last night’s live pageant ceremony.

Brady, 25, outshone the other 50 Miss USA contestants last night, including the first runner-up Miss Alabama USA Mary Margaret McCord. Hailing from East Hampton, Conn., Brady earned a degree in finance from Central Connecticut State University before finding work as a financial accountant. It was revealed during the show that Brady, who has struggled with alcohol addiction in her family, wishes to become an advocate for children of addicts.

During the interview round, Brady who listed cooking and bowling among her chief talents and interests, was asked about the Supreme Court ruling on the DNA testing of criminal suspects. She assertively responded, “I would agree with this. I think if somebody is being prosecuted and has committed a crime that’s that severe, they should have a DNA test. I think there are so many crimes going on in this world, that if that is one step closer to figuring out who has done it, I think we should absolutely do so,” she added.

Brady was passed down the Miss USA title from Nana Meriwether, who assumed the crown when original pageant winner Olivia Culpo went on to win Miss Universe. Last night, Culpo announced that the next Miss Universe competition, where Brady is set to compete, will take place in Moscow in November.

Hosting the night’s events were E! personality Giuliana Rancic and Nick Jonas, one of the members of the Jonas Brothers singing group. In the judges’ chairs sat TV host and R&B singer Christina Milian, reality show star-turned-comedic actress NeNe Leakes and fashion designer Betsey Johnson.

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