Controversy refuses to die down on Miss California Carrie Prejean, who after losing the Miss USA crown for her anti-gay marriage views, has now landed in a new row over a nude photo.
A topless picture showing the 21-year-old posing provocatively is making its rounds on the Internet.
Officials at the Miss California USA organisation fear Prejean, as Miss California, may have put her role model status in danger, reports Pinkisthenewblog.com.
Pageant spokesman Roger Neal revealed that, as per a clause in her Miss California USA contract, Prejean is barred from being “photographed in a state of partial or total nudity”, reports Foxnews.com.
Prejean now faces the threat of being stripped off her title, and a decision regarding the matter is expected soon.
Meanwhile Miss USA runner up Carrie Prejean has said that her leaked topless picture is an attempt to disgrace her for her anti-gay marriage views.
Prejean said that she was convinced the move was a deliberate attempt to humiliate her.
“My comments defending traditional marriage have led to intimidation tactics that seek to undermine my reputation and somehow silence me and my beliefs, as if opinion is only a one-way street,” Us magazine quoted her as saying in a statement.
The beauty queen further claimed that she was a teenager when the photograph was taken, and that the shot was meant to be used in a portfolio. She added: “I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos.”
Prejean said that the snaps, taken of her as at 17, were “released surreptitiously to a tabloid web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith.”
She insisted: “I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be but these attacks on me and others who speak in defence of traditional marriage are intolerant and offensive. While we may not agree on every issue, we should show respect for others’ opinions and not try to silence them through vicious and mean-spirited attacks.”