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Californian beauty wins Miss USA pageant

A 21-year-old “history geek” representing California was named Miss USA at the annual beauty pageant in Las Vegas on Sunday. Alyssa Campanella, who was born and raised in New Jersey which she represented at the Miss Teen USA contest in 2007, was considered among the favorites by pageant experts. She will represent the United States at the Miss Universe pageant to be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12.Campanella was crowned by incumbent Miss USA, Rima Fakih, a Lebanese-born Muslim who was the first Arab-American to hold the title. Miss Tennessee came in second, Miss Alabama was third, and Miss Texas was fourth. Campanella is a natural blond who dyed her hair red for a play several years ago and never went back. She told that she moved to Los Angeles about 18 months ago, and would like to remain there once her duties were over.
After revealing on the show that she was a “huge history geek” with a special interest in the Tudor and Stuart periods, she added in the interview that her favorite monarch was Mary, Queen of Scots, who was beheaded in 1587 Campanella won the crown despite giving a muddled answer when a judge asked her whether marijuana should be legalized in California. She replied that marijuana for medical purposes was “very important,” but had concerns about whether legalization would help in the war against drugs.The fate of most of the 51 contestants was decided during a preliminary ceremony last Wednesday when a panel of judges selected 15 of the quarter-finalists based on their swimwear and evening gowns. A 16th spot was reserved for a contestant determined by fans’ Internet voting.
During that event, Campanella tripped while parading in her evening gown.
The results were announced early in Sunday’s ceremony, with contestants from Georgia, Arizona, Maine, Utah, Indiana, South Carolina, New York, Hawaii, Florida, Missouri and Maryland rounding out the top 15. Miss New Mexico was the fan favorite for the 16th spot. The semi-finalists were then whittled down to Maine, Tennessee, Texas, South Carolina, Alabama, Hawaii, California and Maryland by a new panel of judges.

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