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Miss USA winner: Erin Brady displays her smarts

Miss USA winner: Erin Brady, the winner of the Miss USA pageant, nailed a question about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold widespread DNA tests. Brady was a Central Connecticut State University finance major.

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Miss Connecticut Erin Brady is crowned the winner of the Miss USA 2013 pageant by Nana Meriwether, Sunday, June 16, 2013, in Las Vegas.

(AP Photo/Jeff Bottari)

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The country's newest Miss USA is leaving a white collar job behind for the glamour and excitement that goes with her new role — and she can't wait.

Moments after she was crowned at the Planet Hollywood hotel-casino on the Las Vegas Strip Sunday, Connecticut accountant Erin Brady said all she could think about was letting her bosses know she won't be coming in tomorrow. Or ever again.

As her family and fiancee looked on, Brady beat out other beauties from every U.S. state and Washington D.C. to take the title, accepting the crown from outgoing queen Miss Maryland Nana Meriwether.

She wore an orange bikini with a matching halter-top as she strutted to the Jonas Brother's "Pom Poms." Later, she donned a strapless gown with a spangled golden corset and long white train.

 

In the pageant's final minutes, she answered without hesitation a question about the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold widespread DNA tests.

"If someone is being prosecuted and committed a crime, it should happen. There are so many crimes that if that's one step closer to stopping them, then we should be able to do so," she said.

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