Photo: Cynthia de la Vega alleges she lost crown due to weight gain
Cynthia de la Vega was crowned runner up in the Nuestra Belleza Mexico competition. Holding that title, she was to go on to compete in the Miss World (the first place finisher competes for the Miss Universe title), but after gaining a bit of weight, De la Vega says she was stripped of her title.
De la Vega, 19, said organizers dropped her from the pageant after saying she had gained too much weight.
Not willing to settle for that decision, De la Vega held a press conference claiming she was unfairly booted for gaining just 6 lbs.
In response however, Lupita Jones, head of Nuestra Belleza said, “The training of a beauty queen is equivalent to the training of an athlete – there is no cutting corners on sleep, a zero tolerance for alcohol, and long hours of preparation.”
She added that continuing to work with De la Vega “was a risk we couldn’t take.”
While De la Vega would like her crown back, the pageant has already replaced her with Gabriela Palacio, who will represent Mexico in the Miss World pageant November 6th in London, England.