Miss Delaware has been stripped of her crown, which seems to be a frequent event among beauty contestants today. Usually the crown is yanked off their heads when some type of a scandal bubbles up and more often than not, this includes some condemning pictures, but not this time.
According to Today News on June 28, it seems that Miss Delaware has lost her crown because she is simply too old! It is sad to say that Amanda Longacre is only 24-years-old and she is considered ready for the glue factory under the rules that govern the Miss America Pageant. Needless to say the young woman is devastated and claims the age rule was not known to her and believes it was not known to her state’s beauty pageant officials either.
Longacre’s crown was pulled by the pageant organizers this week. They stated, “her age violated a clause in rules for the parent competition, Miss America.” In true pageant-like language, Miss Delaware said, “I am so, like, really upset.” Longacre conveyed she couldn't believe it was happening. She did her fair share of crying over the bizarre rule that suddenly blocked the only chance she'll ever get at being a contestant in the Miss America pageant.
The protocol of the pageant is clear as far as where they go from here to find a new Miss Delaware. With Longacre’s head stripped naked of the crown, it now goes to the first runner-up, Brittany Lewis. The kicker here is that Lewis is also 24-years-old.
What is the difference between the two 24-year-old women? The Miss American Organization website states that their contestants must be between the ages of 17 to 24. When the Miss American Pageant is held this year, Longacre will be 24, but she will turn 25 one month after the event takes place. She was told she would “age-out” of being Miss America, according to People Magazine today.
When Longacre competed in Miss Delaware, she handed in her birth certificate and other forms of ID, so the state pageant officials knew how old she was. Because they had her birth date on the several forms of ID, they also knew how old she would be one month after the Miss America competition.
She was not blocked from competing in her state's competition. If her state’s pageant officials knew of these strict age boundaries, they should not have allowed her to compete. This is especially true because the end prize of the Miss Delaware competition is that you represent the state in the Miss America pageant.
You would think that the Miss America Pageant has come across this before, or it could be that the other states make sure their contestants won’t turn 25 and “age out” in accordance to the Miss America rules?