|Erin Brady reacts after being named Miss USA 2013|
She moved out on her own at 18, took in her younger sister, worked split shifts at Max Amore restaurant in Glastonbury, Connecticut where she relied on tips during her 12 hour shifts at night and in the day to pay for her books and tuition fees and put herself through a finance degree which she graduated with honors
|The Day After Winning Miss USA 2013|
She admitted that her family has seen its share of alcohol and substance abuse, and that it has been a ‘struggle but it shaped who I am’.
The truth is more extraordinary and courageous than that - far more remarkable than her humility suggests.
TEARFUL REUNION WITH GRANDMA
Grandma Theresa was a strong and influential figure in Erin's life especially during her growing up years marked by turmoil.
When Erin Brady was growing up in Connecticut, she and her sisters to stage make- believe pageants.
Brady knew her win would mean she'd be separated from her beloved grandmother for months.
But on TODAY Tuesday, Miss Connecticut and the woman who inspired her were able to share a surprise hug.“I just want people to know that you don’t have to get caught up with things like that,’’ she told Lauer.
“You can actually make a better change for yourself and you can come out on top, and not be a stereotype and not fall into the tradition that sometimes happens when you’re in a family of that kind of reputation. You can rise up and become Miss USA.”
But the rewards are not just financial.
They are supposed to get married this November 9 but all that has changed with her Miss USA triumph.
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