Former Miss USA Shanna Moakler is spearheading a new anti-fur campaign to coincide with this year's (13) pageant. The reality TV star and ex-wife of Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker has teamed up with three other pageant winners - Shandi Finnessey, Susie Castillo and Alyssa Campanella - to bare all for a new PETA press ad, linked to the animal rights group's I'd Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fur billboard campaign.
The quartet of beauties have also filmed a video urging pageant contestants to refuse the fur coats they're offered as gifts.
In the film, Castillo says, "I've been an animal lover all my life, and the more I learned of the torture that animals go through in the name of fashion, I just think it's so unnecessary... It's unbelievable to me.
"I feel blessed to take a stand united and to tell the pageant industry not to support the fur industry."
In addition to starring in the ad, Finnessey has sent a letter to lawmakers in her home state of Missouri, urging them to adopt a no-fur policy.
Meanwhile, in a statement to PETA bosses, Moakler writes, "As long as I'm the director of Miss Nevada, we will never award fur coats as prizes, and I urge my fellow pageant directors to make the same pledge. Kind people today are taking a stand against cruelty to animals, so a fur coat is no prize for a compassionate, socially-aware woman."
The Miss USA 2013 pageant will take place this weekend (16Jun13) in Las Vegas.
Coombs, who portrayed Thomas Culpepper in the historical series, spoke out about his romance after ice hockey star and fellow Canadian Paul Bissonnette confessed to a crush on the new Miss USA on Twitter.com.
Bissonnette teased, "She's a huge hockey fan. So you're telling me there's a chance?" prompting the actor to respond, "Nah, she's into second rate actors."
After her big win on Sunday night (19Jun11), Coombs cooed, "Pardon my French, but holy f**k! She won! Congrats to Alyssa Campanella, Miss USA 2011. I am a puddle."
It appears the couple is the perfect match - Campanella is a self-confessed "history geek" who is obsessed with the Tudors and Stuarts period of England. And she's a huge fan of her boyfriend's period drama, which starred Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as King Henry VIII.
Miss California, Alyssa Campanella, was crowned 2011 Miss USA on Sunday night (19Jun11). The Star Wars fan, who confesses she's a huge "history geek", will now compete in The Miss Universe Pageant, which is scheduled for 12 September (11) in Sao Paolo, Brazil.