Here she is… not. Less than two weeks after being crowned Miss Delaware, Amanda Longacre was stripped of her title.
On June 24, Longacre newly-won title as Miss Delaware was taken away from her because of her age. According to the Miss America Organization, rules regarding the age of contestants is firmly stated: to compete you must “be between the ages of 17 and 24″ by December 31st of the calendar year. The controversy surrounding 24-year-old Longacre’s age stems from the fact that she will turn 25 on her upcoming birthday in October.
“I am really upset,” the former titleholder said tearfully on Today on Friday. “I just found out on Tuesday that I was stripped of my crown [because of an] age clause that clearly the board of my state didn’t even know about.”
On Thursday, the Miss America Organization released a statement naming the first runner-up the title of Miss Delaware. ”Following the Miss Delaware Pageant, it was determined that Amanda Longacre exceeded the age requirement in order to be eligible to compete. Therefore, the Miss Delaware 2014 title is awarded to Brittany Lewis. The Miss Delaware Pageant is proud to congratulate Brittany and wishes Amanda the very best on her future endeavors.”
“My birthday was even written on the contract that the board signed off on and approved and allowed me to compete anyway,” Longacre said.
At first, Longacre was stripped of her title and all of the prize money she received when she was named Miss Delaware, but now the state pageant is allowing her to keep $9,000 in scholarship prize money. The newly crowned Miss Delaware will also receive $9,000 in scholarship prize money, along with the rest of her duties as the new titleholder.
For Longacre, however, the scholarship money isn’t enough–she wants her title back. ”This is about the title of Miss Delaware that I rightfully won,” Longacre said on Monday. “I want to be a social worker. This was a great start to a fabulous career.”
“What we want is to see Amanda compete at Miss America and serve as Miss Delaware and to our mind, that’s what’s fair and if we have to sue to do it we will,” Longacre’s attorney, Mark Billion said. “But our goal here is to let her enjoy the title that she’s earned.”
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