Beauty pageant contestant Genesis Davila was stripped of her title as Miss Florida USA 2017 less than 24 hours after it was awarded on July 23.
Davila violated the competition rules by using a professional makeup and hair stylist, according to organizers.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on rules,” Gravitt told Local 10 in Miami. “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. She made a poor life choice.”
According to Gravitt, it was complaints from fellow competitors as well as eyewitness that revealed the truth.
Davila’s photo uploads onto Instagram also played a role.
“This is not a good day for either the pageant or this poor lady,” Gravitt said. “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.”
Davila, who had dreamed of the opportunity to compete in the Miss Universe pageant for years, denied the claims that she violated any rules.
“I still feel like I’m Miss Florida USA because I was crowned Miss Florida USA that night,” Davila told Miami NBC 6. “Even though all these false accusations and allegations and rumors have been wandering all over social media, I know that I have proof to show the world that none of this is true.”
But, the decision is final and runner-up Miss Sunny Isles Beach USA Linette De Los Santos is the new Miss Florida USA 2017.
“I’m just excited to have this opportunity,” De Los Santos said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, especially like this.”