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Miss California Pageant Co-Director Resigns

Moakler leaves, Prejean stays

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    Miss California USA Pageant executive director Shanna Moakler has resigned from her post.

    A day after Donald Trump said Miss California could keep her crown, the state's pageant director called it quits.

    Shanna Moakler, the Miss California Pageant Director, resigned today and said she no longer believes in the organization and felt it was best to walk away, UsMagazine.com reported.

    "I cannot with a clear conscious move forward supporting and promoting the Miss Universe Organization when I no longer believe in it, or the contracts I signed committing myself as a youth," Moakler said.

    "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. "I am sorry and hope I have not let any young supporters down but wish them the best of luck in fulfilling their dreams." 

    The controversy began April 19 at the Miss USA pageant when Miss California Carrie Prejean, 21, told celebrity judge Perez Hilton that marriage should be between a man and woman during the question-answer segment of the contest.

    Prejean later said she would be a part of a campaign opposing gay marriage for the National Organization of Marriage.

    Moakler then said she would be appearing in ads supporting gay marriage.

    Trump said Tuesday that Prejean could keep her crown despite semi-nude photos that surfaced, which the beauty queen claimed were leaked because of her gay marriage stance.

    Shanna Moakler, 34, won the Miss USA crown in 1995. She became widely known for her relationship with Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker. They starred in the reality series "Meet The Barkers" for two seasons on MTV.