Carrie Prejean Lost Her Crown, Gets the Guy

Scandalized Miss California to wed Oakland quarterback Kyle Boller Friday.

June 30, 2010, 10:08 AM

July 1, 2010— -- What a year it's been for the scandalized beauty queen Carrie Prejean.

After making controversial comments about gay marriage at the 2009 Miss USA pageant, being stripped of her Miss California crown months later and weathering the release of an embarrassing sex tape, Prejean, who is 23, is set to marry Oakland Raiders quarterback Kyle Boller on Friday.

One question remains: will she wear white -- or will it be patriotic red, white and blue for the pre-Fourth of July nuptials?

Whatever she does, Prejean's wedding, scheduled at the The Grand Del Mar hotel in San Diego, is a noteworthy postscript for the embattled blond beauty who first attracted national attention for her response to peagant judge Perez Hilton's question about same-sex marriage.

"She's certainly coming full circle," US Weekly senior editor Lindsay Powers told "She rose to fame talking about how marriage should be between a man and a woman, and she's fulfilling that statement."

As to whether Prejean's wedding will redeem her after a year of scandal, Powers says no.

"She will always be known for her comments -- for being self-righteous and then being exposed," Powers said. "Just because she may be putting on a white dress doesn't mean she's suddenly virginal again."

"Her lasting legacy will be those multiple dirty videos and half-naked photos," she said.

And, of course, her controversial answer to Hilton's question.

"In my country, in my family, I think that I believe that a marriage should be between a man and a woman. No offense to anybody there, but that's how I was raised and that's how I think it should be, between a man and a woman," she said to boos and applause at the pageant on April 19, 2009.

Celebrity blogger Hilton did take offense and went on the attack, calling Prejean a "dumb b----." He later apologized, offering to take Prejean out for coffee and a "talk."

"I was floored," Hilton told the day after the pageant. "I haven't said this before, but to her credit, I applaud her for her honesty. However, she is not a politician, she's a hopeful Miss USA. Miss USA should represent everyone. Her answer alienated millions of gay and lesbian Americans, their families and their supporters."

Prejean was chosen runner-up, while Miss North Carolina, Kristen Dalton, took the title.

"She lost it because of that question. She was definitely the frontrunner before that," Hilton said.

Prejean also alienated her Miss California backers.

"As co-director of the Miss California USA, I am personally saddened and hurt that Miss California believes marriage rights belong only to a man and a woman," organizer Keith Lewis said in a statement.

Carrie Prejean's Year of Controversy Capped by Wedding

The divide only grew as Prejean skipped scheduled Miss California appearances and instead made appearances on behalf of the National Organization for Marriage, saying the union between a man and a woman is "something that is very dear to my heart."

When semi-nude photos of her appeared on the Internet, Donald Trump stepped in to save her from losing her crown.

But by June 10, Prejean had been fired for continued breach of contract issues. Trump did not intervene that time, saying in a statement, "I told Carrie she needed to get back to work and honor her contract with the Miss California USA Organization and I gave her the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately it just doesn't look like it is going to happen."

Prejean sued pageant officials in August for more than a million dollars for religious discrimination, and pageant officials countersued demanding she pay them back $5,200 for breast implants.

But the beauty queen withdrew her lawsuit in November when a racy sex tape she had made surfaced.

By February, when Prejean got engaged to Boller, 28, she seemed to have put the difficult year behind her.

But even with her wedding a day away, Powers said, "Just because you get married, your whole past is not forgotten."

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