Miss Connecticut USA, Erin Brady, has been crowned Miss USA 2013, in a telecast from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
First runner-up was Miss Alabama, Mary Margaret McCord, with second-runner up, Miss Illinois, Stacie Juris.
Following Juris were Marissa Powell (Miss Utah), Ali Nugent (Miss Texas), Megan Pinckney (Miss South Carolina), Kristin Smith (Miss Ohio), Kristen Girault (Miss Louisiana), Ashley Love-Mills (Miss North Carolina), Chelsea Caswell (Miss Nevada), Jessica Billings (Miss Pennsylvania), Sarah Kid (Miss Massachusetts), Mabelynn Capeluj (Miss California), Chelsea Welch (Miss West Virginia), and Kasey Staniszewski (Miss Maryland).
Brady is 25, based in East Hampton, Conn., and works for Prudential Retirement in Hartford as a financial accountant. She holds a finance degree with a minor in criminal justice.
The judges were Bob Harper (The Biggest Loser), designer Betsey Johnson, NeNe Leakes (Glee), Wendie Malick (Hot in Cleveland), Jessica Robertson (Duck Dynasty), American footballer Larry Fitzgerald, Nikki Bella (Total Divas), Mo Rocca (Sunday Morning), and singer Christina Milian.
The Jonas Brothers and DJ Pauly D DelVecchio performed. Fans were able to vote for their favourite contestant using Twitter, and chose Miss Texas USA, Ali Nugent, with the voting provided by Optx Rhode Island.
Organizers believe the total viewing audience was over 250 million.
Other prize-winners were Marissa Powell (Miss Utah), Miss Photogenic; Gabrielle Neilan (Miss Oregon), and Miss Congenality.
The after-party was sponsored by High 5 Games with cocktails by Russian Standard Vodka.
Her prizes included, according to the press release, ‘a custom diamond tiara and jewellery designed by Diamond Nexus; a one-year scholarship (including housing) from the New York Film Academy; a year’s worth of hair-care products and tools from Farouk Systems; an assortment of high fashion bracelets made in Rwanda by women of the Same Sky Trade Initiative; an eveningwear wardrobe by Sherri Hill; a swimwear wardrobe by ViX Paula Hermanny; a shoe wardrobe from Chinese Laundry; a year’s supply of make-up from Rain Cosmetics; a year’s worth of products from Image Skin Care; a year’s supply of nail care products from OPI Products, Inc.; luxury accommodations in a New York City apartment for the duration of her reign, including living expenses; a year-long salary as Miss USA; personal services including membership to Gravity Fitness and hair services from John Barrett Salon; modelling portfolio by leading fashion photographer Fadil Berisha; dermatology and skin care services provided by Dr Cheryl Thellman-Karcher; professional health and nutrition consultation by Tanya Zuckerbrot, MS, RD and dental services by Dr Jan Linhart, DDS; casting opportunities and professional representation by the Miss Universe Organization; extensive travel opportunities representing sponsors and charitable partners; access to various New York City events including movie premiĂšres and screenings, Broadway shows and launch parties; year-long consultation with Miss Universe Organization’s Official Fashion Consultant, Alisha Crutchfield and access to a personal appearance wardrobe; professional mediaâpublic relations training and representation by Rubenstein Public Relations in New York City and the opportunity to represent the USA at the 2013 Miss Universe pageant at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia.’
Last year’s winner, Olivia Culpo, went on to become Miss Universe.