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Lawsuit: Miss San Antonio Told to 'Get Off the Tacos' and Lose Weight

Mar 18, 2011 – 11:12 AM
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Michael McLaughlin Contributor

A size-2 former San Antonio beauty queen is fighting in court to get her tiara back after claiming that pageant officials harassed her for packing on the pounds.

Dethroned Miss San Antonio Domonique Ramirez, 17, claimed pageant organizers told her to "get off the tacos" because the beauty no longer looked good in a bikini, The Associated Press reported.

Linda Woods, president of the Miss Bexar County organization, which runs the San Antonio competition, said that a recent bikini photo of Ramirez yielded "unusable" pictures and couldn't be airbrushed, because the stunning teenager gained too much weight.

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But that's not why she stripped the Miss San Antonio 2001 sash from the 5-foot-8, 129-pound brunette in January, Woods said.

"Domonique is not fat by any stretch of the imagination," Woods said. "She's a beautiful girl."

Instead, pageant officials handed the title -- and the right to compete for Miss Texas and possibly Miss America -- to runner-up Ashley Dixon because Ramirez didn't fulfill the responsibilities of the gig.

Woods' predecessor, Glynda Coyle, said that she discussed weight gain with Ramirez only once.

"The only thing I suggested to her is that she might want to try to lose an inch in her hip," Coyle said. "But because she is who she is, I said we can pad the top part to make you more symmetrical."

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Woods said Ramirez was late to events and didn't show up to some of them. She claimed the college student also didn't write thank-you notes for gifts and sent the wrong message modeling in a bridal dress.

Woods said she wasn't "comfortable with a Miss San Antonio who's 17 years old wearing a bridal gown at any function," the San Antonio Express-News reported.

Attorneys might summon Ramirez onto the stand today, but the former queen says the charges of insubordination and absences are an attempt to cover up the initial complaints about her weight.

"They really made weight a big thing in the beginning of this. I think they're trying to cover up for their mistake," Ramirez told the "Today" show. "I've been reliable since I was a 13-year-old in high school."

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