A Mexican beauty queen, Cynthia de la Vega, has claimed she was stripped of her crown because she put on a mere six pounds. But organisers of Nuestra Belleza Mexico withdrew the 19-year-old’s title last month, claiming that she had a ‘lack of dedication and discipline.’ Miss de la Vega admitted she had gained weight due to the stress of the upcoming Miss World pageant, but she had not been warned of any physical requirements for the competition.
Last September, Cynthia de la Vega was first runner up for Nuestra Belleza Mexico, a position that normally goes on to compete in Miss World. (The contest’s winner competes in Miss Universe.) She had been preparing to compete in the Miss World pageant which will be held in London on November 6.
During a press conference, Miss de la Vega revealed that pageant coach Luis Rangel prescribed her with a diet plan via email, which consisted of ‘the same food during the whole month.’ She said: ‘Organizers of the Nuestra Belleza Mexico contest demanded that I lose a few kilos, but they never provided a nutritionist or any other assistance to ensure the weight loss.’ A good nutrition plan, the kind she would have needed to meet the pageant’s standards, “should be specific for each day of the week and should also be supervised to make the necessary adjustments.”
CNNMexico reports that Lupita Jones, director of Nuestra Belleza Mundo México, claims that it was a lack of discipline and dedication that rendered de la Vega ineligible, not specifically a matter of weight.
In a statement announcing the withdrawal of Miss de la Vega’s crown, Nuestra Belleza Mexico said weight had nothing to do with its decision. It simply read that that the beauty ‘did not comply with the recommendations and goals agreed upon for her preparation.’
“The training of a beauty queen is equivalent to the training of an athlete – there is no cutting corners on sleep, a zero tolerance for alcohol, and long hours of preparation,” Lupita Jones, Mexico’s first Miss Universe winner, who now heads Nuestra Belleza.
After winning Miss Universe in 2010 expectations were sure to be high for Mexico in Miss World and other internationals. The organisation said that it would be replacing her with Gabriela Palacio, who would enter Miss World in her place.
De la Vega affirmed that there’s nothing about her body that prevents her from competing. “I feel healthy enough to represent my country,” she told CNNMexico, “and I think this is an injustice. They took away the crown that I earned. That is mine.”
On Tuesday, she appeared on Good Morning America saying she was “sad and very deceived.”
“I cried and cried and cried,” she told the show. Miss de la Vega said all she wants is to represent her country. The pageant’s move disqualifies her from being a contender of the Miss World contest.
If de la Vega is right, it wouldn’t be the first time a beauty queen has lost her title over some extra calories.
Earlier this year, Domonique Ramírez, 17, who won Miss San Antonio, caused a stir when she was allegedly told by pageant officials to “get off the tacos.” She was stripped of her title for supposed conduct unbecoming of a beauty queen, but she later sued and won her crown back.
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