Shanna Moakler Resigns From Miss California Pageant

Carrie Prejean controversy presumably influenced Moakler's resignation.

On Tuesday, Donald Trump declared that Miss California USA Carrie Prejean could keep her crown after racy photographs of the pageant queen emerged online. And on Wednesday afternoon, former Miss USA Shanna Moakler resigned from her post as Miss California Pageant Director.

"Since the press conference yesterday, I had a chance to think about what has taken place, and I feel that at this time it is in my best interest to resign from the Miss California USA organization," Moakler said in a statement to MTV News. "I cannot with a clear conscience 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."

She added that by keeping Prejean as Miss California, she doesn't think it keeps with the "high hopes of pageantry." "I want to be a role model for young women 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."

In addition to the topless photos, Prejean stirred up controversy last month after she made a statement about her personal opposition to same-sex marriage. When celeb blogger Perez Hilton asked the contestant her thoughts on the issue, she said that marriage should be between a man and a woman.

Since making those comments, Prejean announced that she'll be launching a campaign opposing gay marriage with the National Organization for Marriage.