Miss Nevada USA KATIE REES was stripped of her title yesterday (21DEC06) after racy photos of her appeared on the internet. Rees was fired after pageant officials became aware of online photos showing her kissing other young women and exposing one of her breasts. According to PAULA M SHUGART, president of the Miss Universe Organisation, which owns the Miss USA pageant, "Katie Rees has been relieved of her duties as Miss Nevada USA 2007." Rees' dismissal comes two days after Miss USA TARA CONNER was allowed to keep her crown by pageant boss Donald Trump, after she admitted to underage drinking at New York City bars. Shugart said first runner-up HELEN SALAS will assume the title and compete at the 2007 Miss USA pageant on 23 March (07) in Los Angeles.