Miss California Carrie Prejean

Miss California Carrie Prejean

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LOS ANGELES - Miss California's Christian faith is being scrutinized after topless photos of her surfaced on the Internet.

Carrie Prejean, 21, says the pictures were modeling shots taken when she was a teenager.

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She says the photos were released "surreptitiously to a tabloid Web site that openly mocks me for my Christian faith."

In one photo posted on a gossip blog, Prejean is seen with her back toward the camera, wearing only pink panties.

Prejean was named first runner-up to Miss North Carolina in the Miss USA pageant April 19.

Her response to a question about legalizing same-sex marriage created a very publicized war of wills between Prejean and celebrity blogger Perez Hilton.

Prejean spoke out against gay marriage, citing her strong Christian faith and upbringing.

The newly surfaced photos are not sitting well with her conservative Christian supporters.