BY MEREDITH KELLY
Former Miss San Antonio, 17 year old Domonique Ramirez is suing the Baxter County pageant organization for taking away her crown. At 5-foot-8 and 129 pounds, Ms. Ramirez claimed that she was told to “get off the tacos” shortly before being stripped of her Miss San Antonio title in January. Losing her title also mean losing the opportunity to compete in the Miss Texas and possible Miss America competitions.
The pageant president, Linda Woods, testified in court on March 16 that photos of Ms. Ramirez in a bikini were completely “unusable,” even with the help of photo-editing software. The organization claims, however, that Ms. Ramirez’s title was taken away for violating the terms of her contract. In addition to gaining too much weight, she was apparently unreliable, did not attend required pageant events or write thank-you notes and was photographed modeling wedding gowns at a local bridal show. The pictures of the seventeen year old in a wedding gown “send the wrong message” and made the organization question if she was married. Ms. Ramirez denied being secretly married and said she thinks the pageant is trying to “cover up for their mistake” by making these allegations.
Caroline Haggard Flores, executive pageant director, testified on March 22 that Ms. Ramirez’s interviews and negative media attention have “degraded the crown” and made it almost impossible to get scholarships from universities.
Closing arguments are expected later this week.