A native of Manalapan, N.J. who enjoyed acting from a young age, Campanella she decided to give pageants a try five years ago and was crowned Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007. She went on to represent her home state, placing 1st runner up at the 2007 Miss Teen USA pageant. The exposure helped launch her modeling career, and she moved to Los Angeles in May 2010. She won the 2011 Miss California USA Pageant last November and in June was crowned 2011 Miss USA. Last month she placed in the top 16 at the Miss Universe pageant held in Brazil.
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