Miss Florida USA Genesis Davila was stripped of her title and crown after only a week.
The 24-year-old Miss Miami Beach USA contestant was accused of violating pageant regulations after competing with 64 other women for the title of Miss Florida USA, WPLG-TV reported.
“She made a poor life choice,” said Grant Gravitt, executive producer of the Miss Florida USA pageant.
Davila violated pageant rules by allegedly using professional stylists in her private room to help with her hair and makeup.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on rules,” Gravitt told WPLG. “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.”
After eyewitness accounts and multiple complaints from other contestants, pageant organizers moved forward with their decision.
“We finally had substantial proof to link her and her vendors to her room on an evening which they were not allowed,” Gravitt said. “When one steps out of line, it’s not fair to the other 64, and I couldn’t look at the other 64 in the eye knowing that I had substantial proof to say, unfortunately, she sought an unfair advantage.”
Davila’s photos on social media apparently sealed her fate as they gave pageant officials more proof of the violations.
Working his magic @ildegoncalves ?? 0️⃣7️⃣ DAYS✅ #missflorida2017
“DREAMING on a cloud,” the Puerto Rican model had posted on her Instagram after winning the title last week. She was also crowned Miss World Puerto Rico in 2014.
D R E A M I N G on a cloud !!!!! ???? I am Miss Florida USA 2017 ? Thank you GOD & @missfloridausa for this life changing experience? Believe in the beauty of your D R E A M S ?? @thepageantspotlight @lareinamadresoyyo @misscolombiaymissvenezuela @missuniverse_moments
A photo posted by Genesis Davila® (@genesismdavila) on
Miss Florida USA runner-up, Miss Sunny Isles Beach USA Linette De Los Santos was crowned the new Miss Florida USA 2017 following the announcement. A law student at Nova Southeastern University, De Los Santos was born in the Dominican Republic.
“I’m just excited to have this opportunity,” De Los Santos said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, especially like this.”
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