Many still regard beauty pageants as archaic and outdated. Those people are not going to win any pageants. These ladies arrive ready to win, and most of them have been practicing their beauty routines and developing their style since they were kids. Different pageants have different rules about what you can do as a beauty queen, but Florida’s are pretty specific.
One week after being crowned Miss Florida 2017, Genesis Davila was stripped of her crown.
Why? She let someone else do her hair and makeup (and posted about it on Instagram):
Who knew that to be considered professionally beautiful you have to do your own amateur makeup job? Or at least-- not advertise about it.
Davila has apparently hired a legal team to contest the decision, but it may not go too well. The executive producer of the Miss Florida USA pageant, Grant Gravitt, told Miami's Local 10 that she’s not going to get reinstated, saying, "Whether it's something major or minor, it's all about keeping an equal and level playing field. Unfortunately, our title holder sought an unfair competitive advantage, and that's just not acceptable in our system."
He allso added, “This is not a good day for either the pageant or this poor lady… We wish her no harm. We wish her no ill-will. She made a bad choice, but she's a very good kid, and we wish her the best in her career." Ew, for calling her a "poor lady" and a "kid," but I digress.
Runner up Miss Sunny Isles Beach USA Linette De Los Santos has taken Davila’s crown (though I wonder if she has the literal one Davila took home that night). She says, "I'm just excited to have this opportunity...I didn't think it was going to happen, especially like this."
Uh, no kidding.