May 11, 2010 3:52 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5
Just last year, controversial Miss USA runner-up Carrie Prejean drew fire when topless photos of her surfaced on the Internet. She was forced to resign. What a difference a year makes.
This year, 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, including Miss Colorado, Jessica Hartman of Pueblo, pictured here.
The dramatic black-and-white 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." Judging by the photos, women in Sin City sleep in bustiers, high heels, fishnet stockings and garters instead of flannel jammies.
The pageant has received plenty of nasty emails, but organizers defend the photo shoot, believing it will result in better TV ratings.
The Miss USA pageant can be seen on NewsFirst5 Sunday night, 6-8 pm.
Click here to see the photos of all 51 contestants.