Director Moakler Bails On Miss Cali Pageant

Executive director resigns a day after decision
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 13, 2009 4:04 PM CDT
Carrie Prejean reacts as Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in New York yesterday.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Shanna Moakler has resigned as executive director of the Miss California USA pageant, she tells Us magazine a day after Carrie Prejean was allowed to keep her crown and Donald Trump promised all was well in pageant-land. “I cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it,” Moakler said.

Moakler, a former beauty queen herself, opposed Prejean’s views on gay rights and recently appeared in an ad slamming California’s gay marriage ban. “I want to be a role model for young woman with high hopes of pageantry, but now feel it more important to be a role model for my children,” she said.