Miss New Jersey
can keep her crown despite photos that show her acting
''not in a ladylike manner.''
Hours after a
nervous Amy Polumbo went public Thursday with photos of
herself that had been sent anonymously to pageant officials,
those officials decided the pictures did not merit
stripping her of the title.
''I'm very happy
about this decision, and I look forward to resuming my
agenda as Miss New Jersey,'' said a smiling Polumbo, who
blew kisses to audience members during the
pageant winner apologized for the trouble the pictures had
caused and thanked the pageant board for its support.
''I want to thank
the public,'' Polumbo said. ''I also want to thank God
for getting me through this.''
include one showing what Polumbo said was her boyfriend
apparently biting her breast through her shirt, another of
Polumbo in a limousine wearing jeans with her legs
spread in the air, and another of her in what appears
to be a Halloween costume dress while holding two
small pumpkins up to her breasts.
''It's not in a
ladylike manner. I'm not a robot. I'm a human being,''
There were also
photos of Polumbo drinking, but the 22-year-old college
student said she was of legal age when they were taken.
said she didn't think the pictures should lead to the
loss of her crown but said other people might interpret them
''What I think is
OK, someone else's eyebrows could be raised,'' she
Anthony Caruso, said that a person or persons claiming
to be the Committee to Save Miss America threatened to make
the photos public unless she resigned her title.
represent the Garden State in the next Miss America pageant,
which has yet to be scheduled. (AP)