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Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Miss California Photo Surfaces; One Judge Calls It "Inappropriate"

Just when we thought that the fight between Carrie Prejean, Miss California/USA and first runner-up in the Miss USA 2009 contest, and newly crowned spokesperson for the National Organization for Marriage, and gay marriage advocates could not get messier, someone has leaked "racy" photos of her to various websites. Ms. Prejean says the pix were taken of her when she was a teen. “I am a Christian, and I am a model...Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be.” At least one judge who participated in the Miss USA pageant, however, says she thinks the photos are inappropriate. Donald Trump, owner of the pageant, has indicated his support of Ms. Prejean's right to speak her mind, calling the question "a bit unlucky." But he hasn't yet weighed in on the issue of the photographs (only one has yet been published).

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