Shanna Moakler Resigns Over Miss California USA Controversy
Moakler says she no longer believes in the pageant after Carrie Prejean is allowed to keep her crown
Shanna Moakler stepped down Wednesday as co-director of the Miss California USA organization, a day after Miss California USA Carrie Prejean was allowed to keep her crown amid a controversy over her topless photos and activism against same-sex marriage.
“I cannot with a clear conscience move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it,” says Moakler, a former Miss USA, in a statement.
It was a turnaround for Moaker, who on Tuesday offered her support to Prejean, 21, after Donald Trump, co-owner of the Miss Universe organization, allowed her to continue as Miss California USA and Miss USA runner-up.
“This was a very sad decision for me. I stayed up all night trying to make the right decision,” Moakler tells PEOPLE.