In her book, Still Standing: The Untold Story of My Fight Against Gossip, Hate, and Political Attacks, former Miss California Carrie Prejean describes herself as "a sacrificial Christian thrown to the vicious and cruel media lions to be torn apart." Prejean, a competitor and semi-finalist in the Miss USA 2009 pageant, became the center of media controversy this spring when she responded to a pageant question that she believes "marriage should be between a man and a woman," not between same-sex couples.
Media treatment of the ensuing controversy—which raged on between Prejean, pageant officials, celebrity blogger Perez Hilton, and pageant owner Donald Trump—revealed more incriminating details, such as Prejean's half-naked photographs and pageant-funded breast implant surgery. Prejean's avowed Christianity also prompted questions about the effectiveness of pageant preachers and Christian women's involvement in the questionable beauty pageant scene.
In the book, Prejean skirts some of the major issues that circulated in media gossip—including her relationship with Michael Phelps, the photographs, her breast implants, and heated comments in her parents' divorce records—by acknowledging but quickly dismissing them.
Regarding the breast implant surgery, she writes, "It was a choice I had to make, and I made it; and as with all my choices, I'm prepared to stick by it." It is an interesting answer, considering the book was inspired by another choice she had to make on stage. The book is more about Prejean's right to make her own choices than an argument that she made the right ones.
The closest she comes to expressing regret is her admission that she did not always listen to the right people. She admits to putting ...1
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