The final 10 contestants from the initial field of 150 will wear what was described as individualized styles created by designer Tony Bowls.
“This year’s event will be bigger and reflect the progressive attitudes of the contestants as well as our forward-looking state,” said Keith Lewis, executive director of Miss California USA. “It will change the essence of Miss California USA from a bathing suit beauty contest to the style of a runway show during fashion week.”
Pageant officials were not immediately available to elaborate on the decision to crown two winners instead of one.
The pageant winner advances to compete in the Miss USA pageant, whose winner competes in the Miss Universe pageant.
The Miss California USA pageant was won last year by Carrie Prejean, who was stripped of her title in June for allegedly missing scheduled appearances and for showing up at ones that were not approved by pageant officials.
Prejean filed a lawsuit in August against pageant officials, alleging she was stripped of her crown because of her religious beliefs, which oppose same-sex marriage.
Prejean responded to a question at the Miss USA pageant from celebrity blogger and pageant judge Perez Hilton about same-sex marriage and said she believed marriage should only be between one man and one woman.The pageant will be held Nov. 22 at The Show at the Agua Caliente Resort and Spa and will air live from 3-5 p.m. on selected CW and My Network TV stations, Lewis said.