Carrie Prejean first came to the limelight when four years ago at the age of eighteen she competed in the Miss California Teen USA pageant and placed first runner-up to Stephanie Brink.
Two years later she competed in the Miss California USA 2008 pageant and initially placed third runner-up; later a judging error was discovered and she was promoted to first runner-up.
Prejean returned the following year and won the Miss California USA 2009 title, succeeding Raquel Beezley as California's representative to the Miss USA pageant. Prejean competed at the nationally televised Miss USA 2009 pageant in Las Vegas, Nevada on April 19, 2009, and placed first runner-up.
Prejean's answer to her final question during the pageant became the subject of controversy.
Meanwhile she has said that there are people who want to gag her voice and destroy her career and image.
Carrie Prejean is someone who creates sensation without doing anything. Her latest bout of news coverage is not cause by any of her willful action, but by a nip slip.
She is vacationing with her boyfriend Kyle Boller in Hawaii and she didn’t know that she was letting people see more than she was expecting.
The air and water had thrown up the clothes from where it shouldn’t ideally come out.
Timeline: Carrie Prejean's
Dec. 22, 2008
Carrie Prejean is crowned Miss California USA. After she wins the title, and before she represents her state at the Miss USA pageant, Miss California USA officials pay for Prejean’s breast-enhancement surgery.
April 19, 2009
Prejean finishes first runner-up at the Miss USA pageant broadcast live from the Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. She raises the ire of judge Perez Hilton by stating her opposition to same-sex marriage. Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton is crowned Miss USA.
Perez Hilton blisters Prejean on his blog and calls her a vulgar name.
Kristen Dalton, now the new Miss USA, defends Prejean's statement on same-sex marriage during an interview with TODAY's Al Roker.
Prejean gets a hero’s welcome at The Rock Church, an evangelical mega-church in suburban San Diego. She tells the congregation that she was pressured by Miss California pageant officials not to discuss her Christian faith and to apologize for her statements on same-sex marriage.
Prejean tells TODAY’s Matt Lauer she will continue to fight for “traditional marriage.” She also confirms that she has filmed an ad for the National Organization for Marriage and has agreed to be a spokesperson for the group. Miss California officials release a statement criticizing her for becoming so deeply involved in a “divisive and polarizing issue.”
Miss California pageant officials confirm that they paid for Prejean’s breast-enhancement surgery.
The gossip site thedirty.com publishes one photo of Prejean posing topless in pink panties and says it has five more photos in the set. Prejean is shown covering her breasts with her arm in the photo.
Prejean issues a statement defending the photo. She says she was 17 when they were taken and that they are from a model shoot.
Pageant officials cite rules prohibiting Miss California from posing nude or semi-nude and from representing outside organizations and say they are discussing whether to strip Prejean of her crown.
At a Beverly Hills press conference, Miss California USA officials say it's up to Miss USA pageant owner Donald Trump whether or not Prejean should be stripped of her crown.
At a press conference, Donald Trump announces that Prejean will retain the title of Miss California USA. He also commends her for speaking her mind about same-sex marriage during the Miss USA Pageant.
On TODAY, Prejean admits there might be more racy photos of her; Trump defends his decision. Meanwhile, Miss California pageant co-director Shanna Moakler resigns from her post, saying that she had lost faith in the organization because of Trump's decision to let Prejean keep the crown.
Carrie Prejean is stripped off her Miss California title less than a month after Donald Trump announced she would retain it, and commended her for speaking her mind about same-sex marriage. The Miss California USA organization cited Prejean’s unwillingness to make appearances on behalf of them, in violation of her contract, and said that they had Trump’s approval in terminating her.
Two days after being stripped of her title, Carrie Prejean disputes pageant director Keith Lewis’s claim that she failed to meet her contractual obligations as Miss California, saying that she was instead fired for her stand on same-sex marriage at the Miss USA pageant. "I'm here talking to you because of the answer I gave on that stage," she tells TODAY's Matt Lauer.
Prejean inks a book deal with conservative book house Regnery Publishing. Her memoir will be called "Still Standing" and will tell her side of the story, according to the publisher.
Prejean sues pageant officials for libel, slander and religious discrimination, accusing them of telling her to stop mentioning God even before her controversial remarks against gay marriage.
The franchise that operates the Miss California organization countersues Prejean.
After a Prejean "sex tape" surfaces, Prejean drops her suit and settles with pageant officials, who reportedly paid her $100,000 to go toward her legal expenses.
Prejean appears on TODAY and defends the recently surfaced erotic video of her as a youthful indiscretion. She also says negative things about pageant owner Donald Trump and discusses her book, "Still Standing."
Then-Miss California USA Carrie Prejean answers a question about same-sex marriage during the Miss USA Pageant last April. On Tuesday Prejean alleged a campaign “to try to silence me for the answer that I gave at the pageant.”
Former Miss California Carrie Prejean defended a recently surfaced erotic video of her as a youthful indiscretion and questioned whether it could actually be called a “sex tape” since no one else appears in it.
“It was me by myself. There was no one else with me. I was not having sex,” the controversial beauty queen told TODAY’s Meredith Vieira in New York.
Prejean admitted to making the video of herself and sending it to her boyfriend when she was 17 years old. The tape surfaced during a negotiating session with the Miss California pageant officials over a lawsuit Prejean filed against the organization for stripping her of her crown earlier this year. When the tape’s existence was revealed, Prejean dropped her suit and settled with the officials, who reportedly paid her $100,000 to go toward her legal expenses.