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Photos Taken of Me as a Teenager

Timothy Kincaid

May 5th, 2009

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Carrie Prejean, Miss California, has issued a statement seeking to deflect criticism about presenting herself as a model of Christian virtue in the light of top-less pictures that have begun to hit the internet.

I am a Christian, and I am a model. Models pose for pictures, including lingerie and swimwear photos. Recently, photos taken of me as a teenager have been released surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith. I am not perfect, and I will never claim to be. But these attacks on me and others who speak in defense of traditional marriage are intolerant and offensive. While we may not agree on every issue, we should show respect for others’ opinions and not try to silence them through vicious and mean-spirited attacks.

I wondered at this particular explanation. Whoever wrote this for Carrie (clearly not Carrie herself) made a point of saying the nudie pics were taken when she was a teenager. But Prejean is only 21. So the pics are, asuming they aren’t kiddie porn, two to three years old.

But those who have seen the unrevealed pictures say they appear to be after her quite recent breast enhancement. If it turns out that these are more recent pictures, then what remaining shreds of dignity that Prejean has managed to hold onto will dissipate entirely.


The PR firms statement that Carrie’s pictures were “as a teenager” may possibly have something to do with the contract she entered into with the Miss California USA Pageant. A/P reports:

Pageant spokesman Roger Neal said Tuesday it appears the 21-year-old Prejean has run afoul of several sections of the 12-page contract prospective contestants were required to sign before competing in the state contest.

The contract contains a clause asking participants whether they have conducted themselves “in accordance with the highest ethical and moral standards” and if they’ve ever been photographed nude or partially nude.

Access Holywood has more:

On Monday, photos surfaced on showing a topless Carrie Prejean posing provocatively. However, Carrie quickly responded to the photos, claiming she was only 17 years old when the pictures were taken.

But was Carrie\’s claim a strategic move since many media outlets would not likely air underage nudity?

Today, Access Hollywood uncovered evidence, which may put her age at over 18 when the photos were taken.

The Miss California USA organization told Access they were “shocked” by the photo and said they believe the images were shot between the time of now-21-year-old Carrie\’s breast augmentation and the Miss USA Pageant, which would be roughly 10 weeks ago.

For “a Christian”, Prejean seems to have a shocking disregard for honesty and for someone so very concerned about marriage, she seems to have a rather cavalier attitude about contracts.


TMZ has a handwritten note from Carrie claiming that they were taken before she turned 18. They don’t think that she appears in these images to be the same age as she does in pictures taken when she was Miss Teen California prior to her 18th birthday.



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I am a Christian

If you’re going to make a statement of some significance it is generally considered unwise to start with something that is such a blatant lie.

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If she did take them at 17, then shouldn’t whoever took them and who is distributing them be charged with child pornography?

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No offensive to anyone, but in my country, in my family, I do believe plastic boobs should be between a woman and her husband, who may be repressing his secret, gay feelings. God gave insurance benefits to heterosexuals so we can run for meaningless public offices like Ms CA. Just because I voted to force couples in my state to divorce, doesn’t mean you can call me mean words. Don’t be intolerant of my intolerance. It’s not Christian, like me.

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“for someone so very concerned about marriage, she seems to have a rather cavalier attitude about contracts.”

To add, internet porn seems like a far bigger threat to marriage than allowing gays in on the institution…

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She’s finding out the hard way that she’s not going to get the career she thought she was entitled to.

The world can be very cruel. But your individual illusions and choices figure greatly in the particulars of what happens.

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Uh-oh, busted.

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Didn’t she talk about “the way she was raised” in regard to wanting to deny gay and lesbian couples the ability to get married?

If she was posing for such pictures of her own accord, at 17 (God forbid), 18, or 19, what does that say about “the way she was raised”?

And, very seriously, isn’t PORN a SERIOUS problem for heterosexual marriage? Compare that to the non-problem of homosexual marriage.

If she is doing “lingerie modeling” to actually sell lingerie (or “swimwear modeling” for that swimsuit she was half taking-off), she is posing precisely for the sexual arousal of heterosexual men… And Prejean is sexually arousing these men instead of these men’s wives.

Umambiguous hypocrisy.

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I’m surprised, after all the accolades for this bombshell from the religious right, we have had no word from Jimmy Swaggart. Given his history, I would have thought he would be the first to compliment her….

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Looks like Miss C’s 15 minutes are up. I’m sorry, too, ’cause she’s such a disaster, she’s working for our side now.

The Lauderdale
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Either the Prejean picture is porn, in which case it is underage porn and Box Turtle Bulletin shouldn’t be showing it, or it isn’t porn.

I tend toward the latter. That said, it’s still tacky and in breach of her contract.

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She digs herself in deeper by the minute.

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I can’t imagine a worse lie to cover up a contract violation than to claim instead that it is kiddie porn. I do think this shoudl be referred to the US Justice Department for investigation.

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I find it interesting how often the term “mean-spirited” is used by people who oppose same sex marriage, to describe people who are for same sex marriage. Sure, Perez called her a name, but, she told him and the rest of the GLBT community that we should not have equal rights. I find it really creepy that the defense they conjure up for our outrage is “You’re a meanie.” Note, that’s not a direct quote, but you get the gist.

Christopher Waldrop
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Jess, that’s exactly what bugs me about the same-sex marriage debate and many other debates as well. Prejean and others claim they want open debate, but when anyone criticizes their position they cry foul. Criticism does not mean Prejean and others are being silenced, and if it did, she and other opponents of same-sex marriage would be at least as guilty, since they don’t want the issue to be debated at all. They only want the right to criticize and even (gasp!) mock supporters of same-sex marriage. They just don’t want anyone doing the same to them.

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