A Texas beauty queen lost her crown because of a lawsuit filed by her competition.
In June, Caitlin Cifuentes was crowned Miss Corpus Christi Latina. Six of her competitors filed a lawsuit against the pageant director, Kayla Alvarez, claiming Cifuentes was not eligible to compete because of a criminal history and a previous marriage.
The Miss Corpus Christi Latina contest is a preliminary for Miss Texas Latina, which feeds into the Miss Latin America of the World competition. The international competition began in 1981 in Mexico; more countries and primary competitions have been added each year. This was the first year for the Miss Corpus Christi Latina preliminary.
The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports that Cifuentes is on deferred adjudicated probation because of a DUI car crash.
The former beauty queen told the paper she pleaded guilty because the type of probation offered allowed her to avoid a conviction on her record.
The lawsuit also alleges that the contestants helped raise money and sell tickets for the event under the impression that a portion of that money would benefit the Women's Shelter of South Texas — money the plaintiffs say the organization never received.
KZTV reports that the Miss Latina America organization now recognizes the runner-up, Valeria Barrera, as the new Miss Corpus Christi Latina.