Miss California Director Shanna Moakler Resigns Following Carrie Prejean Controversy
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Just when you thought the Miss California Saga had come to an end: Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler has resigned as executive director of the California State Pageant Organization, which runs the Miss California and Miss Teen California beauty contests, one day after after Miss Universe Organization owner Donald Trump allowed Miss California Carrie Prejean to keep her crown following a semi-nude photo scandal.
In statement released on Wednesday, Shanna says she simply can’t go on supporting the organization following Trump’s controversial decision to let Carrie Prejean keep her Miss California crown despite the young woman’s admission to taking semi-nude and topless photos as recently as last year.
“Since the press conference yesterday, I had a chance to think about what has taken place, and I feel that at this time it is in my best interest to resign,” Shanna says in the statment. “I cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth.”
She continued, “I want to be a role model for young woman (sic) with high hopes of pageantry, but now feel it more important to be a role model for my children. I am sorry and hope I have not let any young supporters down but wish them the best of luck in fulfilling their dreams.”
After yesterday’s press conference in New York City, Carrie, 21, announced that she’ll be launching a campaign opposing gay marriage with the National Organization for Marriage. Shanna, on the other hand, announced that she’s appearing in a new ad supporting gay rights.