A History Geek Wins Miss USA


I don't think there's any way people can put a negative spin on an affinity for Mary Queen of Scots, do you?
Beating out 50 other contestants, an auburn-haired beauty from California who was a favorite among Vegas odds-markers was crowned Miss USA at the end of the pageant's 60th anniversary contest on Sunday in Sin City. 

Alyssa Campanella beat out her good friend, Miss Tennessee Ashley Durham, who was named first runner-up by a panel of celebrity judges. The other finalists were Miss Texas Ana Rodriguez and Miss Alabama Madeline Mitchell.

Campanella replaces Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih and will be America's representative at Miss Universe in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 12.
 After revealing on the show that she was a "huge history geek" with a special interest in the Tudor and Stuart periods, Campanella added that her favorite monarch was Mary, Queen of Scots, who was beheaded in 1587.
I believe the politically correct affinity would be for Elizabeth, but oh well. What British Queen didn't have a lot of heads removed for minor offenses? If she succeeds in getting people to actually care about history, good for her. When was the last time the scantily-clad winner of a beauty contest came into power with good press anyway, right?

It's important to note that she was only one of two contestants who said that we should be teaching evolution in schools. I wonder when we'll hear about that particular piece of information.
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