The 25-year-old contestant bested 50 other candidates after answering a question if she’s in favor of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding widespread DNA tests. Her answer is yes.
Miss Alabama USA was first runner-up. Contestants from Illinois, Utah, South Carolina and Texas completed the finalists.
Aside from the crown and a New York apartment for one year, Brady will represent USA in the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in November. But before that, she is expected to spend her title reign raising breast and ovarian cancer awareness, the organization’s official cause.