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Miss USA pageant, under fire for racy pics

entertainment Updated: May 12, 2010 11:39 IST

Miss USALast week, the 51 Miss USA hopefuls convened in Las Vegas and shot their official contestant photos with photographer Fadil Berisha.

The look?

"Lacy lingerie, fishnets, smudged black eyeliner, knee-high boots, ample cleavage and plenty of bare skin, all while positioned in seductive poses on a large bed," reports Fox News

If the Miss USA pageant disqualified all the contestants who had appeared in racy photos —a la Carrie Prejean— it would probably be left with no contestants.

The pageant has come under fire for releasing black and white publicity photos of barely clad contestants.

Fox News deems Miss Virginia and Miss Kansas “topless,” though they are wearing (unbuttoned) shirts.

At least one state director got phone calls from contestants who “were concerned, knowing that they had to participate in order to be competitive,” she says, but another says the photos are just plain “hot.”

A rep for the organization says the sexy shoot was designed to break the “pageant princess” stereotype and project a “hot, yet tasteful” image. To see all the photos, click here.