Miss California 2011 contestant Alyssa Campanella won the Miss USA 2011 crown, taking over the crown from Lebanese-American beauty Rima Fakih. She will represent USA in Miss Universe contest in12 September 2011 at Sao Paolo, Brazil.. She was asked about her view on legalization of marijuana by the Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo. She said
“Well, I understand why that question would be asked, especially with today’s economy, but I also understand that medical marijuana is very important to help those who need it medically,”Campanella said. “I’m not sure if it should be legalized, if it would really affect, with the drug war. I mean, it’s abused today, unfortunately, so that’s the only reason why I would kind of be a little bit against it, but medically it’s OK.”
Campanella started modeling when she was 16-years old, just a year before graduated from high school. she received a scholarship to the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts.