Genésis Dávila and her attorney are not holding back.
Genésis Dávila was recently crowned Miss Florida USA 2017 — or so she thought. She was stripped of her title a week after the pageant. According to Dávila and her attorney, the Puerto Rican beauty queen and model was questioned about her hair and makeup after being awarded the crown and sash for Miss Florida USA 2017. According to WPLG Local 10 News, Grant Gravitt, the executive producer of the Miss Florida USA pageant, the whole incident started when the organization received several complaints that Dávila had professionals doing her hair and makeup during the event, which are against pageant regulations. Dávila and her attorney have filed a $15 million lawsuit against the executive producer of the pageant, claiming it was rigged to benefit the runner-up.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on rules,” Gravitt told Local 10. “Whether it’s something major or minor, it’s all about keeping an equal and level playing field. Unfortunately, our title holder sought an unfair competitive advantage, and that’s just not acceptable in our system.”
Dávila realized she lost her crown after Linette De Los Santos, the runner-up, posted a picture of herself wearing a Miss Florida USA crown and sash.
CREDIT: Credit: Lynette De Los Santos / Facebook
That’s right, Dávila says pageant officials notified the runner-up of the change without telling her she had been disqualified.
According to Dávila’s attorney, the photo below became the center of the controversy.
Some have pointed to this photo of proof that Dávila was working with professionals. But Dávila’s attorney argues that the photo in question was from a photo shoot that happened one week before the actual pageant, meaning no rules were broken. During a press conference, Dávila told reporters that she did her own hair and makeup for the pageant. Gravitt disputes this, claiming to have received several complaints and eyewitnesses to the contrary.
Dávila has also claimed that Gravitt also questioned her U.S. citizenship… despite the fact that she was born in Puerto Rico.
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This is a developing story.