Will Miss California Lose Title Over Topless Photos?
First Published: May 5, 2009 6:50 PM EDT Credit: TheDirty.com
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Miss California Carrie Prejean has found herself disrobing her way through more controversy!
On Monday, photos surfaced on TheDirty.com showing a topless Carrie Prejean posing provocatively. However, Carrie quickly responded to the photos, claiming she was only 17 years old when the pictures were taken.
But was Carrie’s claim a strategic move since many media outlets would not likely air underage nudity?
Today, Access Hollywood uncovered evidence, which may put her age at over 18 when the photos were taken.
The Miss California USA organization told Access they were “shocked” by the photo and said they believe the images were shot between the time of now-21-year-old Carrie’s breast augmentation and the Miss USA Pageant, which would be roughly nine weeks ago.
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Victoria’s Secret at first confirmed Carrie was wearing their line of lace lingerie in the photo and that particular line was not manufactured until 2006. Carrie’s 18th birthday was in 2005.
Prejean’s spokesperson told Access she “swears up and down” that she was 17 or under when the pictures were taken and that she was not wearing Victoria’s Secret.
Shortly after Victoria Secret’s initial confirmation, a rep for the company told Access, “without seeing the underwear in person, there is no way for me to confirm that these are in fact Victoria’s Secret underwear.”
Prejean’s spokesperson also said the photos were shot by a friend or family member to be used in a portfolio. Her spokesperson told Access that Carrie directed the photo session and someone else actually shot them.
In addition, Prejean penned a handwritten note to Access, reiterating her age at the timem of the photograph.
“The photo in question was taken was I was a minor, several months before the 2005 pageant,” the note, dated May 5, 2009, read. “The photo was not meant for disclosure to the general public.”
Carrie told Access she feels targeted because of her stance on traditional marriages, saying, “I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures including lingerie and swimwear photos.”
According to page 15 of her Miss USA contract, obtained by Access Hollywood, she’s barred from being “photographed in a state of partial or total nudity.”
Carrie’s contract with Miss California USA also prohibits nudity, stating on page five, “appearing in public or permitting myself to be photographed in a state of partial or total nudity or in a lewd, compromising or sexually suggestive manner constitutes a violation of this provision (this includes photographs of images that may appear on any Web site, such as MySpace of Facebook).”
(CLICK HERE to see Carrie Prejean’s Miss California USA contract!)
Whether or not Carrie’s stripped down photo will strip her of her tiara is still unkown. However, a decision about Carrie’s future as Miss California is expected to be announced within the next few days.
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