June 20, 2011 by Post Team
Alyssa Campanella, Miss Alyssa Campanella California beat a field of 50 girls competing for the title of Miss USA Sunday to take home the crown in the annual beauty pageant. The redhead 21 years old – a full time model who was born and raised in New Jersey – United States represent in the Miss Universe pageant to be held in San Saulo, Brazil on September 12.
Second in the event, held at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino and broadcast live on NBC, was Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham, while Mitchell Madeline Miss Alabama was third and Ana Rodriguez Miss Texas was fourth.
Campanella replaced Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih, a Muslim of Lebanese origin who was the first Arab-American who won the title.
Kia Hampton won Miss Kentucky Miss Congeniality U.S., while Miss Arizona won Miss Photogenic Brannon Britain USA.
Just 10 days before the show’s former titleholder Fakih 25 years old, was attracting headlines amid suspicions that he had been on a bender all night.
His attempts to “lie and cover up” the incident, which allegedly led to the Miss Universe Organization to request the security, tapes to find the truth, FOXNews.com reported.
The organization’s president, Paula Shugart, confirmed the behavior of the last Fakih had been questionable.
“It was one night last week, where he interviews the next day. We thought he was not in the apartment [in Manhattan he shares with Miss Universe, who was out of town] and [someone in the advertising team] I was trying to get to the interview, “Shugart said.
“She was fast asleep, and seemed to have been out all night,” he said. “She did the interviews, but we asked questions about the security tapes, as it is a very serious matter especially after Tara Conner.”
The reins have been strongly reinforced in headlines since Conner, Miss USA 2006, was criticized for alleged drug use, alcohol consumption and sexual indiscretions.
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