5 Facts About Miss USA 2011 Alyssa Campanella

Miss California Alyssa Campanella was crowned the new Miss USA last night. She’s going to be representing the US at the Miss Universe pageant this fall, so what do you need to know about her?

She’s addicted to Angry Birds.

Alyssa was reportedly playing Angry Birds backstage in between her time on stage. It’s official: everyone is addicted.

She supports medical marijuana use.

During the interview portion of the pageant, Alyssa was asked (by Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo!) if she would support legalizing marijuana. Alyssa said that she supports use of medical marijuana, but thinks it should be banned otherwise. Guess that makes sense for a Californian.

She’s a natural blonde.

Although she was born a blonde, Alyssa started dyeing her hair red in her teens and never went back. The color totally works on her, so we think she made the right call.

She’s a self-described geek.

In the Q&A portion of the pageant, the women were asked to state an interesting fact about themselves. Alyssa’s was “I’m obsessed with the Tudor and Stuart era,” and then added that she’s a huge Game of Thrones fan. Too bad for her that the pageant was on the same time as the Thrones season finale! Alyssa also reportedly went to space camp as a kid and identifies herself as “a history geek.”

She’s about to move to New York.

As per tradition, Miss USA gets to live for free in an apartment in the Trump Tower in New York City (Trump owns the Miss Universe organization, which includes the Miss USA pageant). She’ll be rooming with Miss Teen USA and Miss Universe. That is a whole lot of pretty in one place.

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    • Eileen

      As an early modern European history major, I’m excited to hear she’s a history geek, although I would recommend she should branch out into early modern France and Italy, which are cooler ;)

      • Lilit Marcus

        Eileen, I seriously have to get you to make me a book list.

      • Eileen

        Sure, I’d be happy to! Shoot me an email with any particular interests (political, social, intellectual, religious, etc.) and I can recommend some favorites.