Forget Disney World; the newly crowned Miss USA wants to go to New Jersey to meet renowned baker Buddy Valastro
Now that she's been crowned Miss USA, 21-year-old Alyssa Campanella will have plenty of opportunities to travel and meet exciting people. And the first place on her dream agenda is... Hoboken, N.J.? Yes, Campanella has declared that she's dying to meet baker Buddy Valastro, star of TLC's Cake Boss.
"I love to make cakes, and he's Italian (like me), and he acts like I do in the kitchen, so I think we would mesh well," the pageant winner tells People.
The California redhead (who's secretly a natural blonde!) was crowned Miss USA during Sunday's 60th anniversary pageant in Las Vegas. Unlike some other beauty queens in recent memory -- like "opposite marriage" proponent Carrie Prejean, and Caitlin Upton (who declared "people in our nation don't have maps" ) -- Campanella impressed the judges with her quick thinking during the question-and-answer portion of the show. Asked if marijuana should be legalized, she gave a brief but informed response, saying that it should be legalized for medical purposes and otherwise banned.
Interestingly, Campanella -- who describes herself as a "huge science geek" -- was one of only two Miss USA contestants who declared during the preliminary round that she supports the teaching of evolution in schools. She also says she's obsessed with history, particularly the Tudor and Stuart eras -- although that may also have something to do with her boyfriend, Torrance Coombs from Showtime's The Tudors.
The Donald Trump-sponsored pageant was judged this year by actress Mariel Hemingway, Real Housewives of New Jersey star Caroline Manzo, chef Rocco DiSpirito, rapper Lil Jon and Dallas Mavericks player Tyson Chandler. Now that Campanella is Miss USA, she'll move on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant in September.