Saturday, Jan. 24, 2009

From Conservative Queen to Pinup Gal

Former Miss California Carrie Prejean does not tolerate second place. Or same-sex marriage. When gossip blogger and pageant judge Perez Hilton asked Prejean during the 2009 Miss U.S.A. competition about her views on the controversial issue, Prejean replied by saying that she supported only "opposite marriage" — an answer she later claimed cost her the crown. Hilton, who is openly gay, responded by posting an online rant that called her a "dumb bitch," among other things.

The scandal took an unexpected twist in May, after nude photos of Prejean surfaced online. On the defensive once again, Prejean said the photos were taken when she was "young and naive." Pageant co-owner Donald Trump agreed, saying of the stills, "Some were beautiful, some were risqué, but, again, we're in the 21st century." A month later, though, organizers revoked her Miss California crown, citing breach-of-contract issues. "To me, she was the sweetest thing," Trump told regarding the dismissal. "Everyone else — she treated like s____."