As reported by Mike Celizic, TODAYshow.com contributor, all 51 Miss USA contestants “have posed for their official photos wearing seductive expressions on their faces and not a whole lot else on their bodies. Taken by fashion photographer Fadil Berisha in dramatic black-and-white, the shots feature racy lingerie, smoldering looks and plenty of bare skin. The pageant is being held in Las Vegas this week, and the theme of the official publicity photos is ‘Waking Up in Vegas.’ But judging by the photos, women in that celebrated city sleep in bustiers, high heels, fishnet stockings and garters instead of flannel jammies.”
The Miss USA pageant has been known to stir up controversy in the past Last year, topless photos of runner-up runner-up Carrie Prejean surfaced on the Internet. Two years ago, Katie Rees lost her job as Miss Nevada because of sexy photos. And in 1984, singer-actress Vanessa Williams lost her Miss America title after nude photos surfaced.
The Miss USA ageant broadcasts live on NBC from the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas Sunday night (9 p.m. ET) with TODAY’s Natalie Morales and celebrity chef Curtis Stone handling the hosting duties. Trace Adkins and Boys Like Girls are the special musical guests.
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images of Miss Michigan (left) and Miss Minnesota by Fadil Berish