By MIKE CHAIKEN
So you have to pick out an evening gown for a pageant. How do you go about it? What do you look for?
Well, Miss USA Erin Brady offered up some advice on that very subject at the finals for Miss Connecticut USA in Stamford on Nov. 17.
Brady, a Portland, Conn. native, was working as an accountant before she was crowned Miss Connecticut USA last year. She subsequently wowed the nation by winning the Miss USA crown. And the Nutmegger then went on to place in the top 10 at Miss Universe, which was held in Moscow earlier this month.
So, given all of those crowns and almost crowns, she clearly knows her gowns.
At the state pageant, on-stage, Erin was asked what it takes to find a gown for Miss Universe.
“So you go through a lot of different gowns,” said Erin. “But then there’s that one you put on and it’s like, ‘Yeah, this is it.’ Then you take it off and put on a couple of more than you put that one back on and say, ‘Yeah, this is the one I’m going to wear.”
And that gown that wins you over, said Erin, is “the one where you feel the sexiest and most beautiful and most elegant. (And it has to be) because you’re the one who’s going to have to wear it out there (on stage).”
At Miss Universe, Erin wore “the” gown. But during her time in Moscow, she also wore one of the most talked about outfits in the annual national costume parade that is a tradition at Miss Universe.
The Connecticut resident came out as a Transformer robot.
On stage at the state pageant in Stamford, Erin explained, “All of these girls came out in these beautiful, elegant costumes with flowers and feathers. And then all of a sudden it was like, it’s Miss USA and I was like 8 feet tall. It was amazing. That’s me, you have to love me.”
As far as the Miss Universe experience, Erin explained at the Connecticut pageant, “It was wonderful. The best part was meeting women from all over the world.”
And, Erin said, “To make top 10, I was very excited about it.”
Since winning Miss USA, Erin told the crowd, “It’s been incredible. I got to move to NYC, which was an experience unto itself… (As Miss USA) you just get to do amazing, wonderful opportunities, and I’m the one girl who gets to experience that on behalf of the U.S.”
“I never expected one year ago that I would be Miss USA and go to Miss Universe,” said Erin. “You never know what I can happen.”
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