Alyssa Campanella

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Alyssa Campanella
Beauty pageant titleholder
Alyssa Campanella 2011.jpg
Alyssa Campanella attending her homecoming party at Drai's in Hollywood in September 2011.
Born Alyssa Marie Campanella
(1990-03-21) March 21, 1990 (age 24)
Manalapan, New Jersey, U.S.
Agency Vision Model Management
(Los Angeles)
Trump Model Management
(New York)
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Hair color Red
Eye color Green
Title(s) Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007
Miss California USA 2011
Miss USA 2011
Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2006
(Top 15)
Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007
Miss Teen USA 2007
(1st Runner-Up)
Miss New Jersey USA 2009
(1st Runner-Up)
Miss New Jersey USA 2010
(Top 15)
Miss California USA 2011
Miss USA 2011
Miss Universe 2011
(Top 16)

Alyssa Marie Campanella (born March 21, 1990) is a beauty pageant titleholder from the United States, who won the 2011 Miss USA pageant.[1]

She was named the first runner-up in the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant while representing New Jersey and represented California in the 2011 Miss USA pageant. As the reigning Miss USA, she represented the United States in the Miss Universe 2011 pageant held in São Paulo, Brazil, in September 2011, where she finished in the top 16.

Early life[edit]

Campanella was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on March 21, 1990. She is the eldest daughter of John and Anne-Marie Campanella. She has one younger sister, Jessica. She grew up in Manalapan and attended Freehold Township High School in Freehold Township.

At age 17, she attended the NY Conservatory for Dramatic Arts where she studied acting for film and television. She also attended the Institute of Culinary Education.

Miss Teen USA[edit]

Campanella during her year as Miss New Jersey Teen USA

In October 2006, Campanella was crowned Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007 and represented her state at Miss Teen USA 2007, broadcast live from Pasadena, California on August 24, 2007, placing first runner up to eventual winner, Hilary Cruz of Colorado.[2] She is currently the highest placing New Jersey teen state titleholder in the Miss Teen USA competition.

Miss USA[edit]

Campanella competed in the Miss New Jersey USA pageant twice, placing first runner-up in 2008[3] and in the top fifteen in 2009.[4]

On November 21, 2010, she competed in the Miss California USA pageant and won the title. She was the first Miss Teen USA state delegate to represent California at Miss USA since Shauna Gambill in 1998.[5] She was heavily favored by oddsmakers to win the title of Miss USA.[6]

On June 19, 2011, she won the Miss USA title in Las Vegas, Nevada. She is the second redhead to win the Miss USA title. As Miss USA 2011, she went on to compete in Miss Universe 2011 on September 12, 2011 in Brazil,[7] and placed in the top 16.[8][9] Her sister titleholders were Danielle Doty of Texas and Leila Lopes of Angola. She is the first Miss Teen USA first runner up to win the Miss USA title.

On June 26, 2011, Miss California USA director Keith Lewis announced Campanella passed the Miss California USA title to Katie Blair who is Miss Teen USA 2006, Miss California USA 2011 1st runner-up.[10]

During her reign she traveled numerous trips across the United States. She also traveled to Cannes, Monaco, Brazil, Germany, Canada, and the Bahamas. Campanella traveled to Germany with her sister titleholders for a week-long USO/Armed Forces Entertainment tour on March 9–14, 2012.

On June 3, 2012, Campanella crowned Olivia Culpo as her successor in Las Vegas, who ultimately went on to win the title of Miss Universe.

Personal life[edit]

Alyssa Campanella arriving at Tao in Las Vegas on May 28, 2012

Campanella currently resides in Los Angeles, California. She is an avid Vancouver Canucks fan.

Her father is of Italian descent (from Naples) and her mother is of Danish and German ancestry. Her maternal grandfather immigrated from Helsingør in Denmark.[11]

Alyssa Campanella describes herself as a "HUGE animal lover" and has two cats, Renly and Dany.[12] She recently posed nude for a PETA anti-fur campaign to "put an end" to the use of fur coats as award prizes in pageantries.[13]

Other work[edit]

In January 2012, she was one of eight celebrities participating in the Food Network reality series Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook-Off. She was eliminated in the second week of the competition. Despite her early elimination, she has said cooking is a major passion of hers.[14]

Campanella appeared in Old Navy's "Bold is the New Black" commercial in 2012.[15]

Alyssa Campanella stars as a "Hotbot" in a Super Bowl 2013 commercial to introduce Kia Motors' new 2014 Forte Compact Sedan.[16]


  1. ^ "Miss Universe 2011 Candidate Profile: Alyssa Campanella". Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  2. ^ "Colorado Woman Crowned Miss Teen USA". The Washington Post. Associated Press. August 24, 2007. Retrieved November 8, 2010. 
  3. ^ "New Jersey 2009". Turn for the Judges. October 19, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Jersey 2010". Turn for the Judges. October 18, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  5. ^ Gruszecki, Debra (November 22, 2010). "Glitz, glamour, gowns". The Desert Sun (Palm Springs, CA). Retrieved November 22, 2010. 
  6. ^ Wilson, Simone (June 16, 2011). "Miss USA 2011: L.A.'s Own Alyssa Campanella? Vegas Oddsmakers Say Miss California Redhead Will Win". LA Weekly. Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Alyssa Campanella wins Miss USA 2011". Retrieved June 19, 2011. 
  8. ^ Miss Angola Wins Title of Miss Universe 2011 (VIDEO)
  9. ^ "Angola's Leila Lopes takes Miss Universe 2011 crown". USA Today. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 13, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Former Montana pageant winner now Miss California". KTVQ. June 29, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011: Where Model Meets Miss (Exclusive Interview)". 2011-05-09. Retrieved 2012-08-25. 
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  14. ^ Rachael vs. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off: New Show Premieres This Winter
  15. ^ Old Navy Commercial
  16. ^ Super Bowl Commercial 2013

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Michigan Rima Fakih
Miss USA
Succeeded by
Rhode Island Olivia Culpo
Preceded by
Nicole Johnson
Miss California USA
Succeeded by
Katie Blair
Preceded by
Julianna White
Miss New Jersey Teen USA
Succeeded by
Michelle Leonardo