On Saturday, Brie Gabrielle won the Miss Florida USA pageant at the Parker Playhouse in Fort Lauderdale. Fifty-nine contestants competed in three categories: evening gown, swimsuit, and interview.
The 25-year-old told New Times this was her fifth year entering the contest. "It's unreal," she said right after winning. "I seriously feel like I am still in a dream."
According to her online bio at IMDB.com, she moved to Los Angeles in 2003 to pursue acting, and appeared on the shows Days of Our Lives and Drake and Josh. She attended Pepperdine University and returned to Florida to compete in the Miss Florida USA pageant.
The pageant, which is open to women aged 18 to 26, is owned by Donald Trump. Since the presidential candidate made inflammatory comments about Mexicans and Univision subsequently severed its ties with him, the pageant was not televised on the channel as initially expected, but instead aired locally on WPLG Channel 10.
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Gabrielle, from Palm Beach, will hold the state title for a year, during which she will make appearances and help charity events, then compete for the Miss USA title next July.
Other contestants said they would be happy to take a short break from competing and skip the gym. "I haven't seen a pizza in so long," said Idelys Martinez.
Catch our video of the event.
For more details, visit MissFloridaUSA.com.