6:58pm

Thu March 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Jury Returns Crown To Beauty Queen Ousted For Being Fat

A 17-year-old Texas beauty queen won her crown back, today, after a jury decided pageant officials breached their contract when they ousted her for putting on weight.

Dominique Ramirez sued pageant organizers after, she says, they stripped her of the Miss San Antonio title and told her to "lay off the tacos."

The San Antonio Express-News reports:

Jurors declined, however, to award her any monetary damages. The decision was unanimous.

After the verdict, state District Judge Barbara Hanson Nellermoe ordered her crown returned and directed that Ramirez be allowed to participate in the upcoming Miss Texas pageant.

During the trial's testimony, the AP reports, Linda Woods, the pageant's president, testified that because of Ramirez's weight gain, some pictures of her in a swimsuit were "unusable," even after airbrushing them. Woods also said the size-2 Ramirez was late for events.

Today's verdict clears the way for Ramirez to compete in Miss Texas and Miss America. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.