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Are Miss USA contestant photos too racy, or just a sexy ratings ploy? You be the judge

Posted May 11, 2010 by Cloe Cabrera

Updated May 11, 2010 at 05:54 PM

The 2010 Miss USA pageant, which will be held this weekend in Las Vegas, has released press photographs of the 51 contestants donning a brand new look—sexy lingerie. And the pictures have been causing quite a ruckus.

The black and white photos, shot by photographer Fadil Berisha, are very sexy, to say the least.  The pictures feature the contestants in provocative poses clad in only a bra and panty, open blouses, stillettos and fishnet stockings; many of them posing on beds. A few of them even look like they are topless.

A lot of people are saying the shots show way too much cleavage and skin and focuses only on physical attributes.

The Miss Universe Organization defends the photographs.

“We are in the business of beauty and the contestants who compete for the title of Miss USA are not afraid to be sexy. These ladies are the full package - smart, accomplished, relevant and sexy!” said Lark-Marie Anton, VP of Marketing & Public Relations for the Miss Universe Organization.

Most fans of beauty pageants tune into to see A. Pretty dresses. B. Parade of States. C. Beautiful women.

If you’re honest, you picked C. There’s a reason Miss USA is one of the most popular pageants on television—second to the Miss Universe pageant. REally, does anyone even watch Miss America anymore? One of the reasons the Miss USA pageant entices viewers year-after-year is by creating controversy. Remember Carrie Prejean? Tara Conner? Katie Rees? If there is controversy, people will watch. And you better believe lots of people will be watching the pageant at 7 p.m. Sunday on NBC—including me.

You can see the rest of the ladies here:

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