American Beauty: Erin Brady

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On Sunday June 8th we watched as Erin Brady passed her title on to the new Miss USA. It was incredible to watch the recap of Erin’s journey over this past year. It was so emotional as Erin truly is such a humble person and puts the needs of others first. She is genuine, sweet and has carried her title with such grace, honour and kindness. Sitting down for my interview with Erin was such a treat. She is such a sweet heart and her kind heart shines very bright. Here’s a little more on Erin and our fun-loving interview on BB411.

Miss Connecticut USA Erin Brady stopped using her calculator and started wearing a crown when she captured the title of Miss USA 2013 on June 16th, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A former number cruncher and Financial Accountant for Prudential Retirement, the 25-year-old from East Hampton graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a degree in Finance and a minor in Criminal Justice. She is proud to be the first person in her family to obtain a college degree.

Erin was raised in a household where she was subjected to alcohol and substance abuse and as a result hopes to use her title to advocate for children that have been exposed to similar situations. It is her goal to break the cycle of addiction after learning that more than half of adult addicts were children of alcoholics. The environment that Erin grew up in allowed her to realize the importance of being a role model to her two younger sisters. Erin made the conscious decision to live on her own at the age of 17 and says the experience taught her how to be self-sufficient and emotionally strong.

In her free time, Erin enjoys relaxing with friends and family, skiing, cooking and exploring new restaurants. Erin has a passion for running and enjoys pushing her body to its physical limits. The last race she participated in was the ‘Tough Mudder,’ a rigorous obstacle course that tests your endurance and mental strength.

As Miss USA, Erin was a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, prevention and awareness and worked closely with organizations such as Gilda’s Club, Susan G. Komen and the National Ovarian Cancer Alliance, among others. After her reign, Erin plans to pursue her MBA however; she is excited to see where her new title takes her and has an interest in broadcasting and hosting.

BB411~ What inspired you to compete in the Miss USA Competition?

1371472207_erin-brady-miss-usa-zoomEB~ I have always wanted to pursue modelling since I was very young but it never was in the cards for me. A friend of mine suggested pageantry and the Miss USA system specifically. After looking into it further, I realized the great message that the Miss Universe Organization stood by which is women empowerment. I then decided to compete at the Miss Connecticut USA pageant two years ago and that was by far the best decision I have made.

BB411~ What do you hope to accomplish with your title and what do you want to be remembered for?

EB~ As Miss USA, I hope to be able to leave an impact on many people all over the country. Between the volunteer work and being able to meet so many different people from all parts of the world, I hope that I am able to leave a lasting impression that changes the stereotype that so many people have stapled to the world of pageantry. I hope people remember me as the Miss USA that remained true to herself from the moment I began my reign. In addition, I want people to see that you can have it all. You can be smart, beautiful, kindhearted, and keep a solid relationship with the ones you love.

BB411~ What do you plan on doing after your title is passed on (Career Wise)?Miss California USA 2014 Pageant

EB~ I would have said I would be going back to school in the fall to pursue my Master’s degree and continue my career in the financial world. Since becoming Miss USA, so many new doors and opportunities have opened up that it is too soon to tell. Although school is something I will definitely go back to eventually, I would love to pursue some modelling and hosting as well.

BB411~ How did your childhood influence the person you are today?

EB~ My childhood was not the typical childhood most people would have expected. I experienced many struggles and life lessons at a very young age, forcing me to grow up extremely fast. Even though there are times that I regret and resent not experiencing the typical things a “normal” child would have experienced, I know that I would not be half the person I am today if I didn’t have these experiences to shape me.

BB411~ What are the key points to being a good role model?

EB~ Being a great role model is something that should come very naturally and effortlessly. When you don’t try to be someone other than who you are, you are able to really leave an impact on others without even realizing it. There is something to be said about that freshness that people love and look up to. Also, being a role model to me, means being selfless and thinking about others before yourself.

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BB411~ Who was your role model growing up?

EB~ My grandmother was my role model growing up. She is one of the most amazing women I know. The relationship I have with her is unlike anything I can describe. I spent every day after school and every day during the summer with her and she has left an impact on me that has forever changed my life.

BB411~ What does beauty mean to you?

EB~ Yes beauty is an exterior quality, but beauty to me is in your heart. There are so many people I have met in this world that are physically beautiful, but once you get to know them, that persona disappears. If you are beautiful from the inside, so many people will see just how beautiful you really are.

BB411~ What inspires you personally and professionally?

EB~ Personally, positive people with dreams inspire me. There is something to be said about those people who are always happy and are smiling around you. It’s a very magnetic trait and it is inspiring to be around. Professionally, I love taking chances. I think you learn so much more when you are pushed out of your comfort zone, some of the best things result from that. It’s those abstract thinkers that really make a difference in their lives and that is inspiring to me.Erin+Brady+MBFW+Theia+Presentation+6-AV_lntoq0l

BB411~ Are you involved in any charities that are close to your heart?

EB~ I was able to work with Gilda’s Club first hand being Miss USA. This is a group that offers services to people affected by cancer. It is amazing what this group does for friends and family members affected by the negative affects of cancer. Being able to take part in their work is truly very special. I also have worked with Habitat for Humanity in the past and this was such a great organization because you build homes for people who financially can’t afford to have one. Being a part of something as tangible as building a home, is just something I have never experienced before and it helps change the lives for so many.

BB411~ What does it mean to you to give back?

EB~ It is so important to give back. I call it “paying it forward.” You have no idea just how badly other people have it until you see how something so small that you may do, affects them so dramatically. It really warms your heart and makes you such a better person when you take that extra few minutes out of your time to give back to someone less fortunate.

BB411~ What is your skin care regime?

EB~ Every night, I wash my face with “The MAX Stem Cell ” facial cleanser from Image Skincare to remove all my makeup from the day. I follow this with the “Dickinson Witch Hazel” toner to get any left over residue off my skin. Then follow with the Vital C Hydrating Intense Moisturizer from Image Skincare to leave my skin with that healthy glow that radiates all day. I also use their Prevention + Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50 for when I go outside.

BB411~ What are your go to hair products?

EB~ I use a lot of Chi hair care products. They have a wonderful shine spray that I use to finish my hair when I am done styling. Additionally, they have a “helmet head” hairspray which holds every last strand of hair in place as you carry on with your busy day.

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BB411~ Top Beauty Brands you love for Make up?

EB~ I have been using Rain and Mac Cosmetics. Their makeup is unbelievable. You can use their makeup for both day and night looks without looking too done up. It is great quality and I use them for everything from lip gloss to eyeshadow.

BB411~ 3 beauty products you carry with you always?

EB~ I always carry a Burt’s Bees Pomegranate lip balm, a Dickinson Witch Hazel Cleansing wipe, and a tube of L’Oreal Voluminous mascara.

BB411~ #1 beauty product you could not live without?

EB~ I can’t live without lip gloss. I have about 12 tubes in my purse at all times. I just love to have that sexy lip all day. My favourite is from Bare Escentuals Buxom Full-On lip polish in “Destiny”. It’s a plumper, I love how it tingles and gives a glistening look.

BB411~ Do any certain scents remind you of your childhood and what is your favorite fragrance?

EB~ Yes. Any time I smell the fall, it reminds me of going back to school which was one of my favorite times of year. My favorite fragrance is actually “Fame” by Lady Gaga.

BB411~ Do you have a best kept beauty secret that has been passed down to you (say from your Mother or Grandmother)?

EB~ My mom always told me to drink a lot of water and moisturize because it keeps your skin looking radiant and youthful.

BB411~ Have you always been in love with fashion and beauty?

EB~ I have always loved fashion and beauty. I grew up walking around with my mom’s high heels on and singing in front of the mirror with my hairbrush. The great thing about fashion is you can make it as unique as you want to and it is forever changing. It’s just great to be able to express yourself through makeup and clothing.

BB411~ Describe your style?gallery_photo1375371607Erin_Highlight2

EB~ Some of my fashion icons are Jennifer Lopez and Kate Middleton. I love to dress classy yet glamorous. When you have a great outfit, you gain a sense of self-confidence that just radiates off you all day.

BB411~ Favourite Designer?

EB~ Alexander McQueen. I just really love all his designs.

BB411~ Fun fact that your fans may not know about you?

EB~ I have a mild obsession with Flamingos. I’ve always been fascinated with things in the tropics. I went on a trip a few years back to Aruba and where we stayed they had a private island with wild flamingos. They were the most fascinating creatures. They would walk up to you and you could feed them. The fact that they’re pink birds alone are incredible. I have a pink flamingo plunger and stapler, I have the most random objects that are all flamingos.

BB411~ Have you always been athletic?

EB~ I grew up as a tom boy and have always been athletic. I was always outdoors building forts and keeping very active. I was an avid swimmer and runner. I competed in cross-country and track and field while in school and loved every minute of it.

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BB411~ Favorite food?

EB~ I am a health nut and recently, my favorite food has been brussels sprouts sautéed with olive oil, garlic, and balsamic vinegar.

BB411~ What do you do to stay fit and healthy?

EB~ I love to run! This is the most stress relieving activity for me. I plug in my headphones and just explore. Additionally, I love yoga as a relaxing way to unwind and I also hit the gym a few times of week for some light weight training.

BB411~ What are the top 3 artists on your playlist?

EB~I just put Justin Bieber with Will i am, Usher & Gavin Dagraw

 

BB411~ What does your ideal day look like when you have down time?

EB~ I am an early bird so I get up and have a great breakfast (pouched eggs on an english muffin if I go out to eat and Almond and banana sandwiches at home). Then I like to get a workout in before I start the day. If the weather was nice, I would head to the beach with a great book and relax for the day. Currently I’m reading “Lean In” from Cheryl Steinberg. Then I would head home and make a great dinner with some of my close friends and finish the day off with a comedy because I love to laugh.

BB411~ If you could tell your younger self something you have learned and know now what would it be?

EB~ Enjoy every second of your life, good or bad, because time goes by so fast. I wish I was back in school some days because your life just flies by even faster once it is done. Some of the best years of my life were while I was in school. I just wish I enjoyed them more and didn’t wish to be older.gallery_photo1375371608Erin_Highlight3

BB411~ 3 words that best describe you?

EB~ Magnetic, Intelligent, Selfless

BB411~ Favorite quote?

EB~ “Life is too good to feel bad.”

BB411~ #1 thing you want to cross off your bucket list?

EB~ I want to see a broadway play in NYC because this is something I have never had the chance to do. The Lion King and Wicked are on my top list of must sees.

BB411~ What has been your biggest Aha Moment so far in life?

EB~ The biggest aha moment for me was when I graduated from college and started working in the corporate world. It is quite a unique feeling to finally have those four hard years pay off with a rewarding job that pays you for all of the hard work you have put in.

BB411~ What advice would you give entrepreneurs (young girls) starting out that are following their dreams?

EB~ Anything is possible. Nothing comes easy so stick to your heart and push through the hard times because once you get over those, anything is possible.

BB411~ Where do you see yourself in 1 year, 5 years and 10 years?

EB~ In one year, I can honestly say I see myself still living in NYC and pursuing some modeling, which is what I have wanted to do my whole life. In five years, I hope to be married with kids because I am a family girl and can’t wait to start one of my own down the road. In ten years, I hope to have completed my family and traveled all over the world because that is something I want to do for the rest of my life.

photoBB411~ When I say the words #lovethis, what is the first thing that comes to mind?

EB~ My life. I am absolutely in love with my life right now. I could not be happier!

The are big things in the future for this beauty. Next up on the list is her wedding to fiancé Tony Capasso!

To keep up to date on Erin follow her on Twitter and Instagram

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Much Love, Beauty Buzz 411

 

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