Donald Trump Defends Racy New Pageant Pics

Entertainment May. 11, 2010 AT 11:04AM
Donald Trump Defends Racy New Pageant Pics Credit: www.missusa.com

Miss California (and Miss USA finalist) Carrie Prejean lost her crown when topless photos of her emerged last year.

But this year?

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The Miss USA pageant contestants pose in lacy lingerie and fishnet tights while rolling around in a bed for their official competition "glam" portraits.

Donald Trump, who owns the Miss Universe organization, defends the racy pics.

"We are in a different age. They are a little bit sexy but I'll tell you what -- everybody's watching, so I have no problems with it," Trump, 63, tells The Insider. "If you look at Miss America, it's now off network television -- and we’re doing better than ever, so I really have no problem with it."

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Continues Trump, "The Miss USA Pageant and the Miss Universe Pageant just got renewed for three years by NBC. The ratings have been terrific."

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Trump tells the New York Post that Prejean's photos "were quite a bit different. There's no open exposure [in the current Miss USA pictures]....they [are] very artsy and very beautiful."

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