Miss USA 2011: Californian girl Alyssa Campanella beats Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham


Miss USA 2011: Californian girl Alyssa Campanella beats Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham

Are they still best friends Californian girl beats her blonde buddy to win Miss USA… after a tricky question about legalising pot

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Miss Tennessee Miss California

Close pals: Miss Tennessee and Miss California struck up a close friendship during the contest, but will it last

Moment of glory: Miss California Alyssa Campanella can barely contain the tears as she is crowned Miss America by last year

Moment of glory: Miss California Alyssa Campanella can barely contain the tears as she is crowned Miss America by last year”s winner Rima Fakih

So nearly there: Third-placed Miss Alabama Madeline Mitchell, left, is handed a bouquet as Miss California, right, and Miss Tennessee, Ashley Durham hug each other nervously

So nearly there: Third-placed Miss Alabama Madeline Mitchell, left, is handed a bouquet as Miss California, right, and Miss Tennessee, Ashley Durham hug each other nervously

Sweet sixteen: The finalists flaunt their amazing figures in the swimwear section of the contest

Sweet sixteen: The finalists flaunt their amazing figures in the swimwear section of the contest

Awesome foursome: The final four in the Vegas contest, from left, Miss California, Miss Tennessee, Miss Texas and Miss Alabama,

Awesome foursome: The final four in the Vegas contest, from left, Miss California, Miss Tennessee, Miss Texas and Miss Alabama,

Tense moments: In the bikini segment, four of the contestants, including the winner Miss California Alyssa Campanella, second right, await the judges decision

Tense moments: In the bikini segment, four of the contestants, including the winner Miss California Alyssa Campanella, second right, await the judges decision

Miss California Rima Fakih

Incoming, out going: Miss California Alyssa Campanella replaces last year”s winner, the sultry Rima Fakih

Glittering affair: Miss USA hosts Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic introduce the contestants in the pageant on Sunday evening

Glittering affair: Miss USA hosts Andy Cohen and Giuliana Rancic introduce the contestants in the pageant on Sunday evening)