If you have been in the pageant industry for a while, you’ve likely heard of Shanna Moakler in one way or another. The former Miss USA and Playboy model has been involved with the Miss USA Organization since she represented Rhode Island in the Miss Teen USA 1995 pageant. Now she is taking over the Miss Utah USA Organization as the Executive Director. (Read: Should Former Titleholders Pose for Playboy?)
Taking over another state
Moakler’s recent acceptance of the Utah directorship is actually the third state Moakler has directed in her time with the Miss USA Organization. In the past, she was involved as the director with Miss California USA and is currently serving as the director for the Miss Nevada USA Organization since her appointment in 2012.
“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.
Moakler 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.
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