Shoes & Inner Beauty: INTERVIEW with Miss USA Alyssa Campanella

Miss USA 2011 and Miss Teen USA, Alyssa Campanella and Danielle Doty, respectively, were in New York City Halloween weekend to raise awareness about breast cancer, and rett syndrome, visit Ground Zero and spend some time at Macy’s in Herald Square promoting Chinese Laundry and some of their favourite “Must Have’s” for the upcoming Fall season.

While, there, I had a chance to chat with both women about life, beauty and of course, shoes!

Sasha: What do you say to people who think Miss USA is outdated and promotes a false sense of beauty to young women?

Alyssa: Miss USA isn’t about that at all, it’s about today’s modern woman. Women can make a difference. My philanthropy is breast cancer awareness and if I can help one person take preventative action and save themselves from getting cancer. I did what I set out to do.

Danielle: Definitely, it’s not all about beauty. For me, I represent kids with Rett Syndrome. I can be a voice for kids who don’t have one. It’s about giving back and helping.

Sasha: That’s great.  Is there anything that you learned along the way that you didn’t know before?

Alyssa: Actually, yes!  I found out this week that women can have two types of lumps in their breasts.

Sasha: Two? Cancerous?

Alyssa: Well, any type of lump should be checked out, but here’s the interesting thing. At a breast cancer event this week, I learned that if you have a lump in your breast and it moves – it’s a cyst. If you have a lump in your breast and it’s hard and doesn’t move, it’s a tumor.

Sasha: Whoa. I didn’t know that. You just taught me something too. That’s crazy.

Danielle: I didn’t know that either. Wow.

Alyssa: Crazy, isn’t it?

Sasha: Wow, completely. So tell me about a little bit more about why you like Chinese Laundry?

Danielle: I’m going to jump in, they’re comfortable and stylish! I really like them.

Alyssa: *laughs* I agree. Normally, I don’t wear a lot of heels, and when I do, I swap them out for my flip-flops or flats afterward. But I’ll tell you what, I went to Brazil recently —
Sasha: Awesome, how was it?

Alyssa: Oh, it was fantastic. I had such a great time.

Sasha: Sweet! And the shoes?

Alyssa: Well, I wore my Chinese Laundry heels the entire time. They didn’t bother me. They’re great.

Sasha: No, really? No, Havaianas?

Alyssa: *laughs* No, the shoes are really that good. I like them a lot. You can take them day to night and back again.

Sasha: Good to know. One last thing, if you could give other young women out there one message or piece of advice, what would it be?

Alyssa: People talk. People say a lot of things. Don’t bother with them. Life is like a push-and-pull. But you only live once. Go out there and do what you want to do, don’t let people push and pull you. Be strong.


Thank you, Alyssa and Danielle

— it was a pleasure 🙂


Sasha H. Muradali runs the Little Pink Blog (formerly Little Pink Book PR). She holds a B.S. Public Relations from the University of Florida with a minor in Dance (’07) and an M.A. International Administration with a concentration in Communication from the University of Miami (’08). She loves Twitter (@SashaHalima), Harry Potter and the colour pink. Get a copy of the Little Pink Blog delivered to your Kindle and find us on Facebook.

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