Miss California May Get the Boot Today

Pageant officials meeting
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 11, 2009 9:31 AM CDT
Miss California Carrie Prejean signs autographs after the Dove awards in Nashville, Tenn., on April 23, 2009. The Dove awards honor Christian and gospel music.    (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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(Newser) – Carrie Prejean may be spending her last few hours with the Miss California crown. The pageant directors are holding a news conference today; Prejean wasn't invited, but runner-up Tami Farrell was, ABC News reports. And Donald Trump, who co-owns the Miss Universe Organization, has skedded one for tomorrow. Her offense? Topless photos taken when she was a 17-year-old aspiring to be a Victoria's Secret model.

The photos, though not particularly revealing, may violate her pageant contract, which requires disclosure of any photos that could prove embarrassing, or any violation of "the highest ethical and moral standards." Prejean was already in trouble over her work for a group that opposes gay marriage; the contract also bans appearances unapproved by the pageant organizers. Trump said last week on The View that he didn't find her anti-gay-marriage statement at the Miss USA pageant problematic, and that he reviewed the numbers, and found that it didn't cost her the crown.