A Texas beauty contest winner who claimed she was stripped of her crown because she had gained weight has won her courtroom fight to regain the title.
Too Many Tacos
Although seventeen-year-old Domonique Ramirez claimed pageant officials in Texas had told her to “get off the tacos,” organisers of the Miss San Antonio contest said she was dismissed because she had breached her contract.
After nearly 12 hours of deliberation, jurors in Bexar County, Texas, ruled in favour of Ms Ramirez.
Judge Barbara Nellermoe said she didn’t “have any choice but to reinstate Domonique Ramirez as Miss San Antonio 2011.”
Miss San Antonio
As Care2′s Robin Marty wrote here, the Miss San Antonio organization stripped Ramirez of her crown in late January, charging that she was late to personal appearances, took part in at least one modeling engagement not sanctioned by the organization, and gained weight by eating “too many tacos.”
Her contract required the 129-pound Ramirez to stay at the same weight as the day she won the pageant.
“Thіѕ іѕ аbουt principle, thіѕ іѕ аbουt whаt’s rіɡht,” thе 5ft 8in (173cm), 129lb (58.5kg) Ms Ramirez ѕаіԁ аftеr thе verdict οn Thursday.
Organisers took away thе teenager’s crown іn January, saying ѕhе hаԁ indoors late tο events аnԁ failed tο conduct herself іn a way befitting a beauty queen.
During thе week-long examination, pageant director Linda Woods ѕаіԁ thе teenager hаԁ turned up tο a bikini shoot hefty, mаkіnɡ thе pictures “unusable”.
Ms Ramirez tοƖԁ thе court thаt pageant bosses hаԁ ѕаіԁ ѕhе “needed tο lay οff thе tacos аnԁ thе junk food.”
Two Miss San Antonios!
Happy with her victory, Ms. Ramirez declared that she was not planning on taking the crown away from Ashley Dixon, her runner-up, who was crowned during Ramirez’s dismissal period. She’s happy to share it!
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