Monday, June 20, 2011

Pictures: 21-year-old wins Miss USA crown

Alyssa Campanella, Miss California, reacts after being crowned the 2011 Miss USA. -- PHOTO: AP

LAS VEGAS - A 21-YEAR-OLD auburn-haired California girl has won the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas and will represent the nation in this year's Miss Universe pageant.

Alyssa Campanella of Los Angeles topped a field of 51 beauty queens to take the title on Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Miss Campanella won after strutting across the stage in a blue bikini with white polka dots and a dark turquoise evening gown with beading on its top.

She also answered a question about legalising marijuana by saying she didn't think it should be fully legalised but it should be available to those who need it for medical purposes.

Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham was the first runner-up.

Contestants from Alabama and Texas placed third and fourth. -- AP

Miss District of Columbia USA 2011, Heather Danelle Swann, poses in her Kandy Wrapper swimsuit during filming at the Flamingo pool on June 8, 2011 in Las Vegas. The contestants appear at events leading up to the 2011 MISS USA Pageant on June 19 at 9:00 p.m. ET broadcast LIVE on NBC from the Theatre for Performing Arts in Las Vegas. -- PHOTO: AFP PHOTO / MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION

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