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Carrie Prejean

Carrie Prejean, Miss California USA 2009
During the Miss USA 2009 competition, Miss California USA caused a stir when she was asked about same-sex marriage by gossip blogger Perez Hilton, a judge that year, and she responded that she was against it. “In my country, in my family, I think that, I believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman,” stated Prejean, who later came in as first runner-up, which she believed was because of her beliefs. Although Hilton used his site to trash Prejean, the worst was yet to come. In May, topless modeling photos surfaced online, which she explained away, saying, "I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos." Prejean also claimed they were the only photos … but then more scantily clad shots hit the web. On June 10, she was terminated as Miss California USA, citing breach of contract.

Biggest Beauty Pageant Scandals

Over the years, dozens of beauty queens from Miss USA to Miss America to Miss Universe have had to turn in their crown and sash for a multitude of reasons, including nude photos, underage drinking, drug use, physical assault, and in one case, even kidnap and torture. Here are some of the biggest scandals so far!