She bested 50 other ladies representing the different states of the US and the District of Columbia in a glittering event that took place at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino at Las Vegas, Nevada last night. For winning the title, she will now represent USA at the Miss Universe 2013 pageant which is to be held at Crocus City Hall in Moscow, Russia in 9 November. This was announced during the Miss USA 2013 final.
Erin Brady was a favorite to land a semi-final slot but few saw her winning the title. Thus, her victory was a surprise for some pageant fanatics.
Coming in second or first runner up is Mary Margaret McCord of Alabama. Mary was actually the one most pageant fans and beauty pageant sites thought who could win the crown. But ending as a runner up is not pretty bad considering that this year, the pageant turned out to be full of beautiful and competitive ladies.
Stacie Juris of Illinois is second runner up and Marissa Powell of Utah is third runner up. Declared as fourth and fifth runners up are Alexandria Nugent of Texas and Megan Pinckney of South Carolina.
Miss Texas 2013, Alexandria Nugent was the candidate who garnered the most number of tweets giving her the chance to be included as a finalist thus expanding the Top 5 to Top 6. This was the innovation or the surprise for the finals as mentioned by Paula Shugart, the president of the Miss Universe Organization which handles the Miss USA pageant also.
Miss South Carolina, Megan Pinckney, got lots of support also from Filipinos around the world who cheered for her inclusion at the Top 6. The fifth runner up has Filipino roots since her mother is of Filipino ancestry.
Completing the Top 10 are Kristen Girault of Louisiana, Chelsea Caswell of Nevada, Ashley Love-Mills of North Carolina and Kristin Smith of Ohio.
The other ladies who made up the Top 15 are Mabelyn Capeluj of California, Kasey Staniszewski of Maryland, Sarah Kidd of Massachusetts, Jessica Bilings of Pennsylvania and Chelsea Welch of West Virginia.
Adjudged as Miss Congeniality is Gabrielle Neilan of Oregon and Marissa Powell again of Utah is the Most Photogenic.