Photo: shannamoakler.com"I am honored to be given this position and so thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Utah’s young women," said Moakler, president of SMOAK Productions. "As the former director of the Miss California USA organization, I helped bring the state its first Miss USA winner in over a decade, and with Nevada, its first ever. I’m hoping to bring the same success to the great state of Utah." Not without controversy Moakler has also had a bit of controversy in her past regarding her involvement with the Miss California USA Organization. After then Miss Universe owner Donald Trump declined to remove former Miss California USA 2009 Carrie Prejean from her reign following posing nude for photos, Moakler resigned from her involvement with the Miss California USA Organization. (Read: What You MUST Know About Miss USA History Before Competing in Miss USA) "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," Moakler stated at the time of her resignation. Shortly after Prejean's eventual dethronement, Moakler returned to the organization and has been involved with several different states since then.
Shanna Moakler. Photo: Austin RydeMoakler has also used her voice a few years ago in a PETA anti-fur campaign, posing nude for the "I'd rather go naked than wear fur" photoshoot. She then decided as the Miss Nevada USA director that she would not award fur coats as prizes to her winners. (Read: Former Miss USA and Daughter Stay on Reality TV Show) With strength to stand up for what she believes to be right and a strong history in the Miss USA Organization, Shanna Moakler will undoubtedly help the young women in Utah prepare for success with Miss USA. Having FOMO? Make sure you don’t miss out on our news stories and best tips by signing up for our daily newsletter! Do you have a news story you’d like to see covered on Pageant Planet? Let us know here!
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