THE PAGEANTRY INTERVIEW
alyssacampanella Recipe for
Success Ready to take on the world, Alyssa
Campanella has paved a career
path that could allow her to become
an entertainment superstar
y the time she took the stage
on September 12, 2011 in São
Paulo, Brazil to compete for
the Miss Universe title, Alyssa
Campanella was already a sea-
soned veteran of the pageant circuit. In
2007, she competed as Miss New Jersey
Teen USA to earn first runner-up at the
national level, and only months prior to
her Universe conquest, she had punched
her ticket to Brazil by winning the covet-
ed crown of Miss USA 2011 in Las
Vegas. To say she was born to be a star
would be an understatement.
Alyssa’s DNA prepared her for a life in
the entertainment and glamour industries
from an early age, as she had taken up act-
ing at just 6-years old. Just 16 years later,
she’s now one of the most recognizable
names and faces in the world, not only for
her Miss USA title, but also because she’s
been turning heads on the runways for a
few years now. So what’s next for this am-
bitious 22-year old Dutch-Italian star?
Anything she wants is possible.
B Pageantry magazine: It’s been a
whirlwind year and you have been
very busy. Now that your year as
Miss USA is coming to an end, has
it exceeded your expectations?
Alyssa Campanella: You know what is
interesting about it? The very first USA
pageant that I ever watched was the pag-
eant Tara Conner won in 2006. Ever
since then I have always followed the
winner year-after-year because I always
idolized them. I always thought, Wow,
they get to reign for the entire year and be
a goodwill ambassador. Once I finally had
the title myself, there is a lot more to it
than I could have expected.
PM: Tell us about some of the high-
lights of your reign?
AC: That is difficult because that is what
everybody has been asking me lately and
I am having a hard time narrowing it
down. Let’s see, I got to work with many
great charities. I mean, here in New York
there are two really great charities that I
got to work really closely with, and those
were Gilda’s Club and God’s Love We
Deliver. Even on my days off I would
want to just go and volunteer there, be-
cause those two charities just care so
much about their community and they
care about people.
I would have to say traveling to France
was another highlight, because I had been
dying to go to France for a long time.
Also, getting to travel across the country,
because I got to see some cities that I
have never visited before, that I thought
were absolutely incredible, and it was all
for a good cause.
PM: You brought up the great philan-
thropic organization for the entire Miss
Universe Organization in Gilda’s Club.
Tell us a little bit about that.
AC: Gilda’s Club is an organization that is
based off of Gilda Radner, and it really
helps people who are dealing with a fami-
ly member who has cancer or have cancer
themselves. It is a great way for people to
get together so everyone can talk about it.
They have sessions where they can come in
and talk together so everybody can just get
out what they want to get out.
As a volunteer, I do a little more ofﬁce
work. I have my own little desk there and
I go around and I do paperwork and help
organize luncheons. I make phone calls for
a couple of hours. I try to get sponsors. I
try to get donations. I really like working
there. To me it is a bit of ofﬁce work, but I
like being able to know that I am helping
that organization. They are a great charity
and they care so much.
As for God’s Love We Deliver, I am
sure that everyone knows at this point that
Alyssa Campanella is a food fanatic. With
God’s Love We Deliver, you get to cook
for three hours, either in the morning or in
the afternoon. You are basically cooking
and packaging food for 4,100 people for
the whole day. That is 4,100 people a day
here in NYC for people who are either too
sick and cannot go food shopping or too