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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.

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.


Miss San Antonio Goes to Court to Keep Crown