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Shanna Speaks Out About Miss USA

12/18/2006 8:41 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

"Dancing With the Stars" beauty Shanna Moakler, arguably one of the most famous women to wear the Miss USA crown, exclusively tells TMZ, "I don't think a lot of women are prepared when they take the title," and that may be the cause of Tara Conner's trouble with the title.

Moakler, who was crowned Miss USA in 1995 after Chelsi Smith became Miss Universe, knows first hand the difficulties of being a pageant winner. Says Shanna, "Most women in pageants love the actual pageant -- the competition, the show. They don't understand that it is actually a real job that you are paid a real salary for."

"[These girls] ... they don't understand that it is actually a real job that you are paid a real salary for."

Moakler, 19 at the time of her reign, points out that most pageant participants are extremely young and don't realize the responsibility that comes with the title. "You're traveling 85% of the year, working with different charities and organizations and making appearances at events." The schedule, Moakler says, is not fun, and there were times she just wanted to be her 19-year-old self.

Shanna Moakler: click to launchMoakler held the title the year before Donald Trump purchased the pageant, but says the strict rules were the same. "I lived with a 60-year-old chaperone, and drinking, swearing and smoking were absolutely forbidden -- even in the house." Moakler added that she would have to check-in with her chaperone and leave a note whenever she left the apartment.

As for the besieged Miss USA Tara Conner's troubles, Moakler says her heart goes out to her, saying, "The situation is really sad." Shanna states that Conner may not have realized the responsibility she was undertaking as a role model and spokesperson for the country, and that it's unfortunate that this drama is playing out now, as "there are thousands of girls who would have died to be wearing the crown."

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lisa mae magillacuddy    

is shanna just trying to hold onto her 15 minutes?

2803 days ago
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Mel    

Ahhh, youth... wasted on the young!

2803 days ago
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KiKi    

You have an idea of what kinda of life you will be exposed to once you win the title. This was a once in a life time oppurtunity for her (Tara) and I cant believe she screwed it up. If you cant be responsible you need not try to reign. Seriously. There are a lot of young ladies who could have taken her place.

And Shanna, "one of the most famous women t wear the crown", yeah right!

I only know her because of Travis Barker! LOL! I thought she was just some slut he married who didnt like to work. I would have never guessed she was Miss USA.

2803 days ago
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chopchop    

Shanna doesn't strike me as being the Miss USA type. Normally pagaent contestants are well spoken, prim, & proper. They also seem to be very intellegent. How in the world did Shanna win the title. She looks and sounds a little "rough around the edges"!

2803 days ago
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rmol100    

shanna had a real job?
golding is now cosidered a job? what the hell
i hope she invested on her 401k

2803 days ago
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kim    

why is shanna rough around the edges have you ever spoke to her? i think she gave a very bias comment, tara also was in the press for f***ing travis barker.
team shanna.

2803 days ago
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kim    

apparently the miss usa type....lesbos out with her other title holder while snorting coke....

go shanna.

2803 days ago
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Sand In My Crack    

Shanna is a fine one to give advice..do us all a favor and go have another "divorce party"

2803 days ago
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Interesting point    

Shanna's only talking smack because she found out Tara was having sex with Travis. Tara is just doing the same thing that Shanna did when she won.

2803 days ago
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Interesting point    

Give it up Shanna, Travis found a new (hotter) Miss USA to mess around with. You're old news.

2803 days ago
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Interesting point    

Tara is wayyyyy hotter than Shanna.

2803 days ago
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jackie    

SHANNA SORRY ASS ONLY DOIN PRESS BECAUSE TRAVIS IS F***IN TARA. F***IN HER REAL GOOD. SORRY SHANNA HE TURNED IN THE 500 IN FOR THE NEW S550..... BAAAALLLLLIIIINNNNNNNN

2803 days ago
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Interesting point    

Shanna let it go, there is a new younger you out there, and just because this new you is getting the attention doesnt make it ok for you to try to get in on the new media attention too.

2803 days ago
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Interesting point    

Realy this braod cant find something better to do than turn everything into something about her. Tara's f***ing Travis Shanna, get over it.

2803 days ago
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Interesting point    

shanna and tara together is like before and after pictures of the best plastic surgery money can buy.

2803 days ago
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