Genesis Davila lost her crown of ‘‘the Miss Florida USA 2017’’ for violating pageant rules


Genesis Davila who won the crown at on July 16 after competing with 64 other women, was bared of her title just few days later for violating the competition instructions.

The pagaent’s executive director, Grant Gravitt said that Davila violated policy by using professional hair and makeup artists for the show. He also said ‘‘Davila posted photos with her makeup artist and hairdresser on social media, one of which is still up on Instagram.’’

“We have a zero-tolerance policy on rules,” Gravitt told Miami’s ABC 10 on July 22. “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.”  “She made a poor life choice.”

Gravitt says he received multiple objections from the other participants that Davila had violated the procedures. He also found observers that uphold their stories.

“We finally had substantial proof to link her and her vendors to her room on an evening which they were not allowed,” he says.

Contrariwise, Davila negated his claims to NBC 6 on Monday. She insisting that she was just visiting a family friend in her mother’s hotel room, not a makeup artist.

“I still feel like I’m Miss Florida USA because I was crowned Miss Florida USA that night,” Davila says. “Even though all these false accusations and allegations and rumors have been wandering all over social media, I know that I have proof to show the world that none of this is true.”

Davila has hired lawyers to fight against the decision. Davila and her lawyers were scheduled to meet with Gravitt to surrender the crown late Friday afternoon. Davila was a no-show. Her lawyers did show up and promised to fight for Davila to keep the crown.

“This is not a good day for either the pageant or this poor lady,” Gravitt said. “We wish her no harm. We wish her no ill-will. She made a bad choice, but she’s a very good kid, and we wish her the best in her career.” “When one steps out of line, it’s not fair to the other 64, and I couldn’t look at the other 64 in the eye knowing that I had substantial proof to say, unfortunately, she sought an unfair advantage,” Gravitt says.

The announcement automatically makes the runner-up, De Los Santos the new Miss Florida USA 2017. De Los Santos is a Nova Southeastern University law school student born in the Dominican Republic. She was too much excited after the announcement.

“I’m just excited to have this opportunity,” De Los Santos said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, especially like this.”


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