The first ever Miss Corpus Christi Latina has been crowned… for all of five minutes.
Caitlin Cifuentes may have stunning eyes and full lips, but her flawless body is not allowed to leave the state of Texas. Cifuentes is on “deferred adjudicated probation,” since she pleaded “guilty” or “no contest” to DUI charges and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. (Hopefully not at the same time!)
Cifuentes’ past was no surprise to the Miss Corpus Christi Latina officials. Pageant director Kayla Alvarez allowed her to participate in the June 11 competition despite her record. But the second that crown graced Cifuentes’ head, her fellow contestants went to war. Several of them immediately sued the alliance for $100,000 for allowing Cifuentes to participate. Don’t underestimate a flock of jealous beauty queens.
Miss America Latina stripped her of her title and forbade her from entering the national contest. Alvarez stands by her decision, but Acirema Alayeto, founder and president of the organization of Miss America Latina, Inc., disagrees. While the pending criminal charges would’ve been reason enough to omit her from the pageant, it was as much Cifuentes’ inability to travel due to her probation that should’ve prevented her from competing, according to Alayeto.
“The Organization of Miss America Latina, Inc. … will NOT honor Ms. Cifuentes’ application as a candidate for our National Pageant,” Alayeto said in a news release. “In addition, (the organization) does not recognize Caitlin Cifuentes as the winner of the Miss Corpus Christi Latina Pageant held on June 11, 2016. Cifuentes does not have the proper credentials to hold such a title.”
Runner-up Valeria Barrera, one of the women suing Alvarez, now holds the title.
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