Texas beauty queen denies ballooning to size 6

Texas beauty queen denies ballooning to size 6
Friday, March 18, 2011 - 5:54pm

SAN ANTONIO — The bikini fit, and she never swelled to a size 6.

That's what a Texas beauty queen suing to regain her title told jurors Friday, rejecting claims by Miss San Antonio officials that the teenager slipped out of shape and arrived at a bikini shoot with 40-inch hips. Dominique Ramirez testified she was never that big before the pageant stripped her title in January.

Ramirez is asking a jury to restore her crown and her shot at Miss America. The 17-year-old took the witness stand a day after the pageant's president testified that bikini photos of Ramirez were so "unusable" that not even photo-editing software could slim down the publicity pictures.

Ramirez's response?

"I won the swimsuit (competition)," Ramirez said of her Miss San Antonio victory in April. "So obviously I was good enough."

But pageant officials say Ramirez didn't lose her sash over measurements. Instead, they said the teenager was too unreliable, chronically showing up late for events such as grocery store openings, and violated her contract in ways ranging from not writing thank-you notes to blowing off her physical fitness program.

Ramirez, taking the witness stand in a conservative pink sweater and her hair pulled back in a simple pony tail, denied those claims. She told jurors about graduating high school early and her job bussing tables at a cafeteria chain. At one point during her testimony, she stood up to demonstrate how measurements are taken.

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