Pretty little liars
A San Antonio jury today showed their support for 17-year-old Domonique Ramirez — and tacos — by re-crowning her Miss San Antonio.
Ramirez made national news when she sued after she was unceremoniously dumped by pageant officials in January for allegedly gaining too much weight. Bexar County pageant spokesperson Linda Woods admitted that she had told Ramirez to "get off the tacos" (no subtle racism there!) and lose some weight.
Now I'm no professional photo editor, but I've photoshopped Tiger Wood's head onto Hugh Hefner's body with little to no effort, so I find it ridiculous to suggest that the 5-foot-8, 128-pound, size-2 Ramirez had flab so disgusting and jiggly that photo editing software was powerless to remove it.
Perhaps fearing a jury would see a slender, beautiful girl and agree, during the trial the position of the pageant shifted more towards allegations that Ramirez skipped our or was late to official events and failed to write thank you notes.
It's an interesting strategy: Some beauty queens have lost titles for getting arrested and taking nude photos, but chronic lateness would be new offense. Miss USA Tara Conner wasn't even dethroned after testing positive for cocaine and heroin. But hey, cocaine and heroin don't make you fat.
Ramirez has countered in interviews that she has been responsible enough to graduate high school early, and that people representing organizations she volunteers with testified in defense of her character.
But the complaint I find most interesting is that pageant officials, including director Caroline Haggard Flores, didn't like having a beauty queen that wasn't nouveau riche.
"She told me to stop shopping at Walmart for my dresses,” Ramirez testified. “I was in it for the scholarship. I didn't think I had to be wealthy to compete in this.”
I don't think the pageant officials are racist — or classist for that matter. I think they just decided that Ramirez wasn't the beauty queen they wanted anymore — whether for her lateness, her dresses, or her abs — and thought they could bully her out of her title and the scholarship.
And I'm glad a jury decided they were wrong.