21-year-old Alyssa Campanella was crowned 2011 Miss USA Sunday evening.

Where was Campanella before Miss USA, and the sudden national recognition that followed?

The beauty queen was crowned Miss New Jersey Teen USA 2007 in October 2006  and eventually became runner up in the Miss Teen USA 2007 contest.

Campanella competed in the Miss California USA pageant last year and won the title.

She will go on to compete in Miss Universe 2011 in Brazil.