Alyssa Campanella, the new Miss USA 2011, is a 21-year-old auburn-haired California model that represented California last night in the 2011 Miss USA pageant. Miss Campanella moved to Los Angeles from New Jersey after losing an apartment in the Garden State.
Miss Campanella is a former Miss Teen USA runner-up from 2007, when she represented New Jersey. She has been competing in pageants since she was 15 at the encouragement of her mother. Alyssa said that she was going through a tough time in high school and her mother thought that entering pageants would be a great way for her to meet other girls throughout the state.
Alyssa is originally from Manalapan, New Jersey and began modeling at age 16. She graduated from high school a year early and received a scholarship to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She is a natural blonde who said that she dyed her hair 6 years ago for a part in a play. The now redhead begins her reign as Miss USA 2011 and will represent the nation in this year's Miss Universe pageant.
Good luck Alyssa