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.
Domonique 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.
Domonique Ramirez testifies in San Antonio.
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.
Update at 7:24 p.m. ET: The San Antonio Express-News reports that almost immediately after the verdict, Ramirez headed to Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in San Antonio and placed the crown at the church's altar:
"She's the queen of all queens, the keeper of all crowns. I wanted to give my crown to her. I just wanted to send a message I'm very grateful and she has answered my prayers," she said, adding that she could buy a replacement for the Fiesta and Miss Texas appearances that went with the title.