When Erin Brady’s name was announced as the new Miss USA 2013, she instantly made pageant history on several fronts. First, Brady is the first Miss Connecticut to win the Miss USA title.
But her victory also launched another first in pageant history – an alignment of women from the Northeast holding the triple crowns…three of the most prestigious titles in the world: Miss USA, Miss Universe and Miss America.
- Miss USA 2013, Erin Brady, is from Hartford, Connecticut
- Miss Universe 2012, Olivia Culpo, is from Rhode Island
- Miss America 2013, Mallory represented New York City
What makes the unique alignment of winners even more unexpected is the fact that pageant lore holds that contestants from New England traditionally are unsuccessful in pageant competition. When Mallory Hagan won the Miss America title as Miss New York, and Miss New York City before that, her victory was seen as unusual.
The last New Yorker to be named Miss America was Vanessa Williams, whose victory as Miss America 1984, made pageant history for breaking the racial barrier. (She was the first African-America woman to win a major title).
Although Hagan started her journey to the 2012 Miss America title as Miss New York City, she actually hails from Alabama, although the opportunities of the Big Apple caused her to move north to test fate.
The second Northern woman to win a major title was Olivia Culpo, Miss Rhode Island, who became the first Miss Rhode Island to win the Miss USA title. In addition to breaking the tradition that New Englanders generally don’t fare well in pageantry – period – she achieved a huge coupe, easily capturing the coveted Miss Universe 2012 title.
Then Miss Connecticut, Erin Brady, stepped onto the stage in Nevada to charm the judges and walk away with the Miss USA crown, giving Northeastern women the unprecedented accomplishment of holding three major titles at the same time. Clearly it is a banner year from the Northeast, and for New England in particular.
Our congratulations to a region that has waited many decades to win the triple crown.