Today a jury returned the crown of the Texas beauty queen who was allegedly dropped after she gained weight and failed to "get off the tacos." 17-year-old Domonique Ramirez is Miss San Antonio once gain, but pageant officials suggest they'll fight the decision.
After the verdict, which jurors deliberated for 11.5 hours over two days, pageant director Linda Woods told the Associated Press:
"It's a sad day for us. We think the judge and jury made a huge mistake ... It's an injustice for the city of San Antonio, it allows young kids to breach contracts and violate authority without any consequences ... It sends the wrong message."
And don't forget the horrible lessons kids are learning about the consequences of rampant taco eating! WOAI reports that Woods testified about the bikini photos which she claims no amount of airbrushing could salvage, "Domonique is not fat by any stretch of the imagination, but her appearance in a bikini was one of the major strengths she brought to the title." Remember that, girls: If you're a size 6, that doesn't mean you're fat, it just means you don't look great in a bikini.
Woods still insists that Ramirez was stripped of her crown mainly because she was late to events, failed to write thank you notes, and showed up to an event in a skirt the pagenat considered "too short." (Ramirez says they were actually upset because she bought clothing at Walmart.) Woods says she will not promote or support Ramirez in her attempt to become Miss Texas, explaining, "I'm sorry, there's no way I would represent her as talent. She's trouble." A pageant attorney added the vague threat that the Miss Texas competition could still decline to invite Ramirez and the pageant has "contingency plans."
After the trial, when Ramirez was asked if she had any advice for other young women, she said they should always carefully read contracts they sign and joked, "Don't go eating tacos in the morning." Fair enough, but we would've gone with something about not letting anyone discriminate against you due to your weight rather than continuing to bash our dear friend the taco.