Friday, March 25, 2011

Texas Beauty Queen: Fat, Fired and Restored by the Court

If you're wondering what's really, truly and decidedly important in America these days, consider this story in the Washington Post this a.m.: Miss San Antonio was stripped of her title and went to court to get it restored. She won.

Seems 17-year-old, 5-foot-8, 129-pound, size 2 Dominique Ramirez got the boot because pageant people determined she was too fat for a photo shoot. They say she was chowing down on too many tacos, but that's not why she was summarily dismissed. They claim she was chronically late when she showed up at all,  didn't write thank-you notes and turned down voice lessons. Those dang thank-you notes will get you every time. They tend to soil the tiara.

 This whole mess degenerated into a peeing contest, then a court case that took a jury more than 11 hours (that's almost half a day) to decide. Wouldn't you have loved to have been a fly on the wall in the deliberation room?

So now the battle is taken to the streets. The pageant people say they won't do anything to move Miss Ramierz along to the Miss Texas pageant. The decision "was an injustice to the city of San Antonio," said an official. The queen of San Antonio, meanwhile, went to church and placed her tiara on the alter as a gift to "the patroness." Not sure who the "patroness" is, but if it's Mother Mary, my guess is she doesn't have much use for the glitter and glitz. Miss Ramirez is quoted as saying, “I just wanted to send a message I’m very grateful and she has answered my prayers.”

My guess is that there's a book in here somewhere. One about basic Texas values, perhaps. Heck, there was a book in that Texas cheerleader mess a few years ago and this one's a sight more interesting.

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