As the Ex-Miss Delaware sues in order to regain her beauty queen crown, some people may wonder why Amanda Longacre needs to resort to a lawsuit in order to have another chance at becoming Miss America 2014.
In a related report by The Inquisitr, a similar situation to Miss Delaware also occurred when the 2014 Miss Florida named Elizabeth Fechtel was forced to give up on her Miss America dream because of a judging error.
Now the 24-year-old Ex-Miss Delaware literally was forced to give up on her dream because she was too old by only a few months. The Miss America organization say contestants must be 17 to 24 years old, which may seem on the future to not be a problem, but that is where the technicalities come into play. The Miss America pageant rules also state that contestants must not only be no older than 24 but they also cannot turn 25 before the end of the year.
This is why Miss Delaware’s lawsuit is being filed. Longacre gave the pageant officials her birth certificate and driver’s license in advance and the organization let her compete only to nullify her win after the fact. In short, they said the almost 25-year-old was “too old” to compete. At the time, we also gave our opinion on the matter:
“Unless the officials have evidence that Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre entered the contest while knowing she was breaking a rule, I would say she deserves to have her crown back. In addition, it is reported she is looking into a lawsuit to get her $11,000 scholarship back, and she has already skipped college semesters because she had planned to be fulfilling her Miss Delaware duties. If anything it sounds like she’s owed damages in addition to a hefty apology.”
If anything, the Ex-Miss Delaware suing proves she had the same thought. While the Miss America organization has already promised to reinstate her scholarship, Longacre is also seeking $3 million in damages, with $500,000 going to Longacre and the remaining $2.5 million would go to other contestants who were certified to compete but then were disqualified for one reason or another.
In addition, the Ex-Miss Delaware’s lawsuit is seeking a waiver so she can compete for Miss America 2014 in September while also having her title restored completely for Miss Delaware. Of course, if this does occur then the current Miss Delaware 2014 Brittany Lewis may have something to say in the matter. After Longacre was disqualified, Lewis automatically became Miss Delaware as the first runner-up. So it’s possible Lewis may be bumped from the final contest or we may see a historical first where there are two Miss Delaware’s competing for the Miss America crown.
As the Ex-Miss Delaware sues the Miss America organization, do you think Amanda Longacre deserves the Miss Delaware title back? What do you think should happen to Brittany Lewis?