Teen Beauty Queen Dethroned For Gaining Weight?

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17-year-old Miss San Antonio, Domonique Ramirez, has taken the Miss Bexar County Organization to court, claiming she was unfairly stripped of her title. The organization, however, feels it was totally within its rights: Ramirez put on weight. Says Linda Woods, the pageant board's spokeswoman,

As a Miss San Antonio reigning queen, she has to live up to our rules and regulations and the standards of our contract...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.

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They say that Ramirez, in addition to the weight gain, failed to fulfill her duties and was unreliable; she denies it.

Well, in that case! See, anyone who objects to this simply doesn't appear to understand: she put on weight. Although they've tried to install the runner-up, the board is banned from naming a new winner until the case is adjudicated in February.

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The poor girl. It must be awful to have your beauty privilege work for you in such an overt and public way as winning a pageant, and then for it to stop working in such an overt and public way as having your title revoked.

Anyone remember the article from a while back about the Hooters waitress who was trying to sue the company because they offered her a free gym membership to get back into "Hooters shape" and when she refused it they fired her?

If I'm 100% honest, I'm feeling a tiny bit of disconnect here as someone whose looks have occasionally disadvantaged me as opposed to advantaged me or even not just been a factor. But at the same time, I'm feeling very sorry for her. The poor girl's only 17 fucking years old, and this would be humiliating.

Then again, being only 17 that means she's got a long life ahead of her in which to apply this lesson, no matter that it's been taught in an absolutely awful way, about the harshness of beauty standards and how damaging they are to all women, no matter where they fall on the looks spectrum. That's cold fucking comfort right now, I know.