Connecticut accountant named Miss USA
LAS VEGAS — A 25-year-old accountant from Connecticut with a secret glamorous side is the new Miss USA.
Erin Brady, of South Glastonbury, Conn., won the beauty pageant Sunday night after strutting in a white sparkly gown and answering a question about the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding widespread DNA tests.
She beat out 51 other beauty queens from every U.S. state and Washington, D.C., at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip to take the title from outgoing champion Miss Maryland, Nana Meriwether.
As Brady was crowned, she could be seen mouthing “Oh my God, oh my God” with tears in her eyes.
As the stage emptied, the blonde woman spoke about her commitment to fighting drug and alcohol abuse, which have marked those close to her.
“I grew up in a family influenced by that and I think it’s really important to help the children of families that are suffering from those problems,” she told The Associated Press.
As Miss USA, Brady gets the crown and a New York apartment for one year. She is expected to spend her title reign on a nationwide speaking tour and raising breast and ovarian cancer awareness, the organization’s official cause.
The Central Connecticut State University finance major could not contain her excitement at the prospect of telling her bosses at Prudential Financial she wasn’t coming in today. Or ever again.
Asked what she was looking forward to now that the competition is over, she described a routine that sounded not very different from her training regime: getting in her beauty sleep and hitting the gym.
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LOS ANGELES — It looks to be a baby girl for Kim Kardashian and her rapper boyfriend Kanye West. Or does it?
The couple was keeping silent on Sunday in the wake of multiple reports that Kardashian gave birth over the weekend — about a month premature.
But Kardashian’s sister Khloe appears to have let a rather cryptic cat out of the bag on Twitter.
“I can not even begin 2describe the miracle that is now apart of our family. Mommy/ baby are healthy &resting. We appreciate all of the love,” she tweeted Sunday.
She quickly followed with a second tweet: “More info will come when the time is right! Thank you all for understanding! We love you all dearly! Overwhelmed with love right now.”
Kardashian mom Kris Jenner linked to both tweets on her Twitter account, then wished West a Happy Father’s Day.
News of the birth has been swaddled in secrecy. Representatives for West and Kim Kardashian didn’t respond to emails and calls from The Associated Press, nor did any representatives for family members, friends and professional associates.
And all of the weekend media reports on the birth were attributed to anonymous sources.
In a recent interview with The New York Times, West said he didn’t like talking about his family or the arrival of his child.
“Like, this is my baby. This isn’t America’s baby,” he said.