There's no ingrained beauty-pageant culture in Connecticut the way there is in, say, Texas. The last Miss America to hail from here won 80 years ago, and no one from Connecticut has ever taken the Miss USA crown. Until now.
Erin Brady of South Glastonbury was named Miss USA earlier this week — and she deserves all the plaudits.
Miss Brady has plenty of physical beauty, of course, but so do the 50 others who competed for the national title. Her moxie and accomplishments likely gave her the winning edge.
To name a few: Raised in a home that knew drug and alcohol addiction, she put herself through college, earning a degree in finance and criminal justice from Central Connecticut State University by working as a waitress.
She aced the Q-and-A in the pageant. Asked about the U.S. Supreme Court ruling upholding taking DNA samples from those arrested for major crimes, she was cogent and concise (she agrees with the court), unlike the rambling bumbletalk offered by Miss Utah when asked why women, on average, earn less than men.
Miss Brady, an accountant in Hartford, plans to earn an MBA degree. She has the drive to do so — but in the meantime, there's the Miss Universe competition this fall in Moscow. Win or lose, she will ably represent her proud state.