Carrie Prejean, 2009’s controversial Miss California USA, kept her crown today in a highly orchestrated press conference held by pageant owner Donald Trump. The press conference was held hours after new, racier topless photos hit the web.
Trump defended the beauty queen’s answer to Perez Hilton’s gay marriage question. Trump said, "It's the same answer the President of the United States gave; it's the same answer many people gave. She gave an honorable answer; she gave an answer from her heart."
Trump said he and pageant official had reviewed racy photos of Prejean and decided they were acceptable. He told the press in attendance, "We are in the 21st century. We have determined the pictures taken are fine. In some cases the pictures were lovely."
Prejean thanked the thousands of fans who sent letters and notes of encouragement. She said she was guilty of stating her “honest beliefs” and had been asked a "politically charged question with a hidden personal agenda."
Hours before the press conference, celebrity website TMZ published the several topless photos which reportedly show Carrie’s nipples (the photos are all censored on the site). The photos are the most salacious yet of the 21-year-old beauty queen and clearly a violation of the nudity clause in the pageant contract she signed. It is unknown whether Trump and pageant officials had reviewed these specific nude photos.