Beauty Queen Sues to Keep Crown

Pageant organizers claim Miss San Antonio gained weight

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    So a beauty queen can lose her title because she puts on a few and fails to show up for scheduled appearances? Who knew?

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    by Bruce Felps

    Beauty might be in the eye of the beholder, but in San Antonio it’s in the hands of a court.

    Miss San Antonio, 17-year-old Domonique Ramirez, recently filed a lawsuit against Miss Bexar County Organization Inc. in an attempt to retain her crown, sorry, tiara. She filed the suit, with a primary assist going to the League of United Latin American Citizens, after organizers sent her mom an e-mail message, how personal, saying, “Yeah, hey, listen, never mind.”

    The pageant sanctioning body claimed Ramirez became insubordinate — imagine, a beauty queen becoming a diva — either arrived late to appearances or bagged them all together, and, gasp, gained weight, according to an Associated Press article.

    Ramirez countered that organizers failed to provide transportation to and chaperones for the appearances.

    A judge Monday issued a temporary restraining order and set a court date for Feb. 16 to decide the breach of contract claims and counterclaims.

    There’s nothing particularly pretty about all this.


    Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He never misses a beauty pageant. He doesn’t watch them and he doesn’t miss them at all.