Domonique Ramirez, the 17-year-old Miss Antonio who was stripped of her title after being told to "lay off the tacos," has been given back her crown by a Texas courtroom.
The Associated Press reports that the jury deliberated for 11-and-a-half hours before delivering the decision, but Linda Woods of the Miss Bexar County Organization board maintained that she will have nothing to do with Ramirez:
"I'm sorry, there's no way I would represent her as talent. She's trouble," pageant director Woods said.
Woods testified during the weeklong trial that the size-2 teenager showed up to a bikini photo shoot overweight and made pictures "unusable."
But she told jurors it wasn't adding a few inches to her figure that cost the 5-foot-8, 129-pound college student her crown. Instead, she said Ramirez violated her contract by being chronically late for events or not showing up, not writing thank-you notes for gifts, and embarrassing the pageant board by turning down vocal coaching from an opera singer.
Woods said giving Ramirez the crown back was "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," she said.
After hearing the verdict, Domonique headed to the Our Lady of the Guadalupe church where she said, "I feel great. I left it up in God's hands, and that's why I felt I had to come here first."
She will now prepare for Miss Texas. There's no word on what will happen to Ashley Dixon, the Miss San Antonio runner-up who had the title for several weeks while Domonique was deposed.
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