Shanna Moakler resigns Miss California pageant post over Carrie Prejean controversy
05/13/2009 4:34 PM
05/16/2014 5:11 PM
resigned as executive director of the Miss California USA pageant.
On Tuesday, the controversial Prejean was allowed to keep her crown by pageant ownerDonald Trump
, who basically dismissed Moakler's advice to dump her.
Moakler had angrily accused Prejean on Monday of violating the contract she signed with pageant organizers by speaking out repeatedly on behalf of organizations opposed to gay marriage and by failing to disclose she had posed nearly nude for photographs.
Moakler, a former Miss USA, said in a statement issued by her publicist Wednesday that she no longer believes in the organization.
"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 from the Miss California USA organization," Moakler said in her statement.
"I cannot with a clear conscience 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 referred to the same contracts she believes Prejean had violated.
"I want to be a role model for young women with high hopes of pageantry, but now feel it more important to be a role model for my children," Moakler continued. "I am sorry and hope I have not let any young supporters down, but wish them the best of luck in fulfilling their dreams."
Moakler seemed to form a united front with Prejean and Trump at the press conference in New York on Tuesday. While she remained quiet throughout the conference, Moakler released a statement afterward pledging her dedication to the organization.
She maintained that her and Prejean's conflicting opinions on same-sex marriage were never the issue; rather, "we couldn't communicate with Carrie personally and there were too many organizations trying to exploit her title."
| Posted by Lisa Gutierrez, The Star