SAN ANTONIO — The winner of last year's Miss San Antonio pageant filed suit Monday to keep her crown after pageant organizers told her to give it back for being late to events, failing to lose weight, insubordination and other alleged conduct unbecoming a beauty queen.
Domonique Ramirez, 17, obtained a temporary restraining order that bars the Miss Bexar County Organization Inc., which runs the Miss San Antonio pageant, from promoting her runner-up, Ashley Dixon.
Dixon is already being called Miss San Antonio on the organization's website — and the organization is adamant that she's going to stay there.
Ramirez has racked up a litany of violations, and neither she nor her parents would cooperate with the group's requests, board president Linda Woods said in an interview.
"She has tarnished the image of Miss San Antonio," Woods said. "We've given her chance after chance after chance and she has not complied. There's just constant resistance."
Woods said Ramirez has been late to appearances, or hasn't shown up at all, or "shows up with her boyfriend holding her hand, which is a complete violation." And rather than lose weight as instructed for the upcoming Miss Texas competition, she gained weight, Woods said.
Ramirez enlisted the help of the League of United Latin American Citizens, which filed the suit on her behalf.
LULAC's national legal counsel, Luis Vera Jr., said the pageant changed leadership in November and its new board concocted lies about her and her parents.
The suit alleges breach of contract because the organization failed to provide Ramirez with the required chaperone and traveling companion. It blames many of the problems on the actions or negligence of executive director Caroline Flores.
"We'll prove each thing is a lie, innuendo or exaggeration," Vera said.