May 11, 2010
Controversial publicity photos have created a stir around the Miss USA pageant.
Miss Virginia USA is among the contestants wrapped up in a scandal involving seductive photographs taken of the contestants.
The official Miss USA contestant photos have been posted online by pageant officials. The theme for the shoot was "Waking up in Vegas."
Some people say the contestants went too far, posing in seductive positions. Miss Virginia, Samantha Casey, is seen sitting in an opened shirt, displaying cleavage and plenty of bare skin.
Many other contestants are positioned in seductive poses on a large bed.
Some people call the photos too racy for Miss USA. On the other end, some say the contestants are simply displaying their confidence and sexuality.
“You can embrace your femininity, you can control it and be beautiful and you can do anything you want,” said Miss USA Pageant President, Paula Shugart
This controversy comes a year after Carrie Prejean lost her job as Miss California USA after topless photos of her surfaced.
The Miss Universe Organization defends the photos, saying the pictures are an attempt to break the stereotype of "pageant princess."
“The fact that we started with swimsuits was a big deal in the 60s when we went to a two piece bathing suit, we've always been on the cutting edge with these kinds of things,” said Shugart.
They say they want to portray the contestants as smart, sexy and sophisticated modern women.