06/19/2011 at 11:40 PM EDT
Alyssa Campanella, an outgoing auburn-haired beauty from California, bested 50 other women to win the 2011 Miss USA Pageant on Sunday night in Las Vegas.
In the 60th anniversary of the Donald Trump-owned pageant, Campanella, 21, of Los Angeles, dazzled judges with her poise and looks and didn't miss a beat when thrown a potentially tough question.
When asked if marijuana should be legalized, she said that medical marijuana should be legal, but otherwise banned.
Campanella follows Rima Fakih
and will represent the United States at Miss Universe in September.
If Campanella can’t fulfill her duties, she will be replaced by Miss Tennessee, Ashley Elizabeth Durham, who was the runner-up.
Judges included Real Housewives of New Jersey
star Caroline Manzo, rapper Lil Jon, Dallas Mavericks center Tyson Chandler, chef Rocco DiSpirito and actress Mariel Hemingway.
For the fourth year in a row, the contest was held at Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino.