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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Is Miss San Antonio in Breach of Contract because She Gained Weight?

Domonique Ramirez, a teenage “beauty queen,” has sued the Miss Bexar County Organization, claiming that she has been unfairly stripped of her title as “Miss San Antonio.”  The peagant organizers sent Ramirez’ parents an email revoking her crown.  They then declared the paegent runner-up the new Miss San Antonio.  Ramirez has sued for her crown back.  A judge issued a temporary restraining order against the paegant’s organizers, preventing them from giving the title to the runner-up while the lawsuit is pending.

The pageant organizers say that Ramirez violated the terms of her contract, did not attend required events, showed up late to appearances and gained weight.  According to ABC:

“As a Miss San Antonio reigning queen, she has to live up to our rules and regulations and the standards of our contract," said Linda Woods, the pageant board's spokeswoman.

Woods accused Ramirez of skipping pageant-sanctioned events to attend unauthorized paid appearances.

In the media, Woods has suggested one of the reasons Ramirez lost her title was because she had gained weight.

"She was doing a photo shoot and asked to wear her wardrobe from the competition, but it did not fit her. I told her we need to get you on an exercise program. We need to get ready to compete for Miss Texas, just like any elite athlete," Woods told

Ramirez's lawyer, Luis Vera of the League of United Latin American Citizens, called the pageant's reasons for axing the teenager "lies."

"It's just total lies. They make things up one after another," Vera said.

The lawyer said the board violated the terms of its contract and is punishing Ramirez for their errors.

"The contract says she will be chaperoned and driven to every appearance and that her parents are not allowed to attend," he said. "Then they would call her and say she needs to get to events on her own. At the time she just turned 16, how is she supposed to get there without her parents?"

Here’s a video clip about the story:

These tween and teen beauty contests seem to be very popular in many locations across the U.S. (and, heck, maybe they are popular in the NY Metro area where I grew up but I just didn’t, well, fall within the demographic).  In any event, I think they should give the crown to Olive from Little Miss Sunshine:

 [Meredith R. Miller]

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