10 May 2009

A Dethroned Miss California? Announcement Planned for Monday

Will Carrie Prejean lose her crown to Miss California runner-up Tami Farrell? Speculation has been brewing for days, and on Monday, her fate will be announced.

According to E! News, the co-directors of the Miss California USA pageant, Keith Lewis and Shanna Moakler, will be holding a press conference on Monday to announce their decision on gay marriage-opposing, semi-nude title holder Carrie Prejean.

Officials are in talks with the 21-year-old beauty queen's reps to determine whether she should keep the coveted tiara due to possible contract violations.
Carrie Prejean has been a lightning rod for controversy since she lost out - she was first runner-up - to Kristen Dalton at the Miss USA Pageant April 19.

First, there were her public appearances with same-sex marriage opponents, then sexy topless and underwear pics she took as a teen and did not disclose.

Many believe that her anti-gay marriage stance, revealed after judge Perez Hilton asked about it during the finals, cost Prejean the Miss USA title.

Either way, she's still Miss California - unless contest owner Donald Trump decides to strip her of that crown. Ultimately, the decision rests with him alone.

Carrie's father, Will, predicts she will keep her crown. He also said that Sarah Palin and the gay community are both on her side, though, so who knows.

If there's a precedent for this sort of thing, it may have been set in 2006 when Miss USA Tara Conner was not stripped of her crown by Trump despite alcohol, drug and girl-on-girl action photos that leaked to the Internets.

However, one indicator of which way Trump & Co. are leaning this time around could be that Tami Farrell, the first runner-up in the Miss California pageant, will be on hand at Monday's press conference. So stay tuned.