Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre is no longer Miss Delaware. The reason? The 24-year-old, even though she’s only three years into the ability to legally drink and is still attending college, had her tiara yanked off her head because she’s too old.
The 24-year-old Longacre, who says she wants to be a social worker, was ecstatic when she was named Miss Delaware back on June 24, joyfully receiving her crown, flowers and a $9,000 scholarship. Longacre will turn 25 in October, but pageant rules specify that contestants are to be between the ages of 17 and 24 until the year’s end. In other words, Longacre lost out because of about two months.
“I did absolutely nothing wrong and I want to make that clear,” she said. “Now I have lost everything, my scholarship money for school, my prizes and my crown, all because of a technicality that was not caught by the executive board.”
Explains the Inquisitr:
When Longacre applied to enter the Miss Delaware beauty pageant, she gave officials her driver’s license and an official copy of her birth certificate. So they would have known her 25th birthday was October 22, and that the beauty pageant itself would take place while she was still 24 years old. But the officials are grabbing her crown on a technicality that she was probably not even aware of until now. While she is still age 24, the pageant rules say Miss Delaware contestants must not only be no older than 24 but they also cannot turn 25 before the end of the year.
Longacre, who is from Bear, Delaware, broke down on Today, sobbing: “I lost everything and they want to erase me forever… It really hurts because when your peers vote you for Miss Congeniality, you work so hard to get to this position. I haven't been doing pageants for very long, this is all brand new to me.”
It’s unclear if Longacre knew of the age requirement and tried to sneak by, or was wholly unaware of the fact that she must be 24 years of age by the year’s end.
The Daily Mail reported that Longacre’s position, and that of her lawyer that she has now obtained, is that the Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization signed a contract saying that she could compete, after she provided her birth certificate and driving license, and now is pulling it back because of their own mistake in catching it.
First runner-up Brittany Lewis of Wilmington was given the default crown.
The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization issued a statement saying: “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.”