Shanna Moakler Ditches Miss California USA Heads to Nevada!

8/31/2011 1:15 PM PDT

Shanna Moakler DITCHES Miss California USA ... for Nevada!



Shanna Moakler is doing her best dainty beauty queen "goodbye" wave to California ... and taking her talents to The Silver State ... to take a new gig with the Miss Nevada USA organization.

Shanna has been a MAJOR factor behind the scenes with the Miss California pageant -- and was credited with helping Miss California USA Alyssa Campanella take the Miss USA title in 2011.

But sources tell us she's looking for a new challenge and feels Nevada is the perfect fit.

We're told Shanna is looking forward to taking Nevada's competition "to the next level" -- hoping to deliver a Miss USA to a state that has NEVER had one before.