[Ed. – Then change the rule but not retroactively.]
Amanda Longacre thought she had it made when she landed the title of Miss Delaware (and was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers) on June 14—setting her sights on competing in the upcoming Miss America pageant, slated for September 14 in Atlantic City.
She had only been competing in the pageant circuit since November 2013—so her quickly won crown was a major feat for the University of Pennsylvania graduate student.
But less than two weeks into her tenure as Miss Delaware, Longacre was stripped of her crown—and the accompanying $11,000 scholarship—not for disorderly conduct or sexually explicit behavior. Instead, the 24-year-old was deemed too old.
“Following the Miss Delaware Pageant, it was determined that Amanda Longacre exceeded the age requirement in order to be eligible to compete therefore, the Miss Delaware 2014 title is awarded to [first runner-up] Brittany Lewis,” the Miss America organization stated in a press release. “The Miss Delaware Pageant is proud to congratulate Brittany and wishes Amanda the very best on her future endeavors.”