Thursday, May 14, 2009

Miss California Keeps Her Crown

(Courtesy, Micahel Loccisano)
- Caitlin Tadlock (Arts&Pop Culture Editor)
Tuesday, Donald Trump, owner of the Miss Universe Organization, announced at a press conference that Carrie Prejean will resume her title as Miss California. Prejean first came under fire last month during her interview session on the televised Miss USA competition. Entertainment gossip gay blogger, Perez Hilton, asked Prejean if she thought that all states should move forward allowing same-sex marriage to echo the new law in Vermont.

Prejean responded saying, “I think it’s great that Americans are able to choose one or the other. We live in a land in which you can choose same-sex marriage or opposite marriage,” and added “In my country and in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman.”

At the end of the night Prejean was named runner-up and stated that her same-sex marriage answer cost her the crown, but her answer reflected her values and she would not take back her answer if she had the chance. As entertainment and news sources talked about Miss California’s comments she became the poster girl for “traditional” marriage and Prejean felt like she was attacked for her Christian beliefs.

The comments blew over for a few days and then pictures of Miss California posing partially nude were making their way through the internet. Prejean made a statement supporting her decision for posing partially nude, “I am a Christian and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recent photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid website that openly mocks me for my Christian faith.”

Tuesday morning Donald Trump confirmed that Carrie Prejean will resume her title as Miss California by making a speech and replacing a “Miss California” sash around her. Trump said that Prejean gave an honest answer to a tough, politically fueled question, and that there was nothing wrong with the pictures of her. Prejean elaborated at the press conference on the pictures, saying they were taken by a friend at her home for application and not for publication. If the photos were for “publication” use, Prejean would not have been allowed to enter the Miss California Pageant but since they were for “application” use, (the photos would be used as a tool to be hired for modeling jobs and not for commercial or public use) the organization would allow Prejean to still be Miss California.

After the announcement was made that Carrie Prejean will keep her title, entertainment website TMZ released supposed professional, partially nude photo shoot pictures of Miss California. Is this debate over or will these new pictures of Miss California put her title in jeopardy once again?

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