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Organizers trying to dethrone beauty queen for weight gain, tardiness

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Beauty is what's on the inside, right? Not if you're the organizers of the Miss San Antonio pageant, who are trying to strip the contest's reigning queen of her crown in part because they say she's put on too much weight.

The pageant board says that Domonique Ramirez, 17, has gained excessive pounds and has shown up late or not at all to official events, and they have moved to replace her with the contest's runner-up.

"As a Miss San Antonio reigning queen, she has to live up to our rules and regulations and the standards of our contract," Linda Woods, the Brexar County pageant board's spokesperson, told ABCNews.

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Whatever Ms. Ramirez's alleged misbehaviour might be, her weight gain was clearly a sticking point for the pageant organizers.

"She was doing a photo shoot and asked to wear her wardrobe from the competition, but it did not fit her. I told her we need to get you on an exercise program. We need to get ready to compete for Miss Texas, just like any elite athlete," Ms. Woods told ABCNews.com.

The Miss Bexar County Organization, the pageant's promoters, have declared the runner-up in last April's contest the new Miss San Antonio. But Ms. Ramirez took the group to court on Tuesday, and a judge issued a temporary restraining order that for now officially keeps the tiara on her head until the case is finally adjudicated.

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Dave McGinn writes about fitness trends for the Life section and also reports for Globe Arts. Prior to joining the Globe, he was a freelance journalist, covering topics from trying to eat Michael Phelps' diet to why the Joker is the best villain in comics history. He's working on improving his 10k time. More

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