Caroline Michelle "Carrie" Prejean (born May 13, 1987) is an Americanmodel and former beauty queen from Vista, California. She held the title of Miss California USA 2009, and placed first runner up in the Miss USA 2009 pageant. She gained nationwide attention over her answer to a question about same-sex marriage. She was eventually dethroned on June 10, 2009, with the producers of the Miss California USA pageant citing continued alleged breach of contract issues as the reason.  Prejean calls those claims false, and has filed a libel suit alleging that she has been discriminated against due to her religious views.
Prejean has appeared as a model for Target, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, and Nordstrom. She has also appeared in Bliss magazine, as a model for E!: Entertainment Television, at the 81st Academy Awards as the pivot girl, and in an interactive model search competition for the NBC game show Deal or No Deal.