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Pageant official: We paid for Miss California's implants

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According to Shanna Moakler, co-executive director of Miss California USA, the group behind the pageant paid for Miss California Carrie Prejean's breast implants, just weeks before the competition.

In an interview with "Access Hollywood," Billy Bush asked Moakler, "Did you guys pay for it?" "Yes," Moakler responded. "We did."

"It was something that we all spoke about together," Moakler said referring to herself, Prejean and Keith Lewis, Moakler's co-executive director. "It was an option and she wanted it. And we supported that decision."

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Moakler, a former Miss USA herself, defended the organization's decision to pay for the implants, telling "Access" that it's a common practice in beauty competitions.

"Breast implants in pageants is not a rarity. It's definitely not taboo. It's very common. Breast implants today among young women today is very common. I don't personally have them, but you know — they are," she said.

Shanna also told "Access" that she had a hard time standing behind Carrie's opinion against gay marriage in her answer to a question from Perez Hilton during the Q&A portion of the pageant.

"The night of the show, I wrote Carrie and I congratulated Carrie and I also told her her answer, for me, did hurt feelings," Moakler added.