Warning: Spoiler alert!
The winner of the 2011 Miss USA pageant has been crowned.
21-year-old Alyssa Campanella, also known as Miss California, has won the Miss USA crown in Las Vegas and will represent the nation in this year's Miss Universe pageant.
Campanella, who hails from Los Angeles topped a field of 51 beauty queens to take the title Sunday night at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, according to The Associated Press. Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham was the first runner-up. Contestants from Alabama and Texas placed third and fourth.
During the round of questions, Campanella answered a question about legalizing marijuana by saying she didn't think it should be fully legalized but it should be available to those who need it for medical purposes.
"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," she said, according to the wire service. "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 replaces Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih. The Michigan woman teared up as she walked across the stage for a final goodbye.Campanella later Tweeted about her big win, saying, "I can't believe I won!!! A big thank you to all my supporters...I couldn't have done it without you all!!"