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Rivals call for Texas beauty queen disqualification because of criminal record

July 1, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Rivals call for Texas beauty queen disqualification because of criminal record

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A Latina pageant winner from Corpus Christi is adamantly defending her title after her competitors argued that she should be disqualified because she has a criminal record.

According to the Houston Chronicle, Caitlin Cifuentes, who won first place in the Miss Corpus Christi Latina pageant last week, posted on Facebook to defend herself after six of her competitors initiated lawsuits against the director of the event demanding that Cifuentes’s criminal record and her previous marriage should have her disentitled.

The controversial beauty queen wrote on Facebook: “I am only going to state this once… I worked very very hard to win this title…”

The post continued: “There is way more positivity and love than negativity so for those that are bitter; please understand that this was a competition, and the judges made their final decision. I forgive those who choose to be hateful. Overall we all did awesomely, and we are all beautiful.”

Court documents indicate that the 25-year-old is currently on probation for a misdemeanor DUI and deferred adjudicated probation for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

The contestants suing the event director, Kayla Alvarez, are angry that the woman was allowed to participate despite her prior record. They are allegedly seeking $100,000 as a result.

The lawsuit states: “Kayla Alvarez willfully and knowingly violated countless terms of the contractual agreement by allowing Caitlin Cifuentes to participate in and ultimately win the pageant.”

Alvarez, a first-year show director, defended the event’s decision to include Cifuentes in the competition.

In a comment to the Corpus Christi Caller-Times, Alvarez stated, “Just because you have a bad background … doesn’t mean that should hold you back from accomplishing your goals.”

Alvarez added, “She’s worked very hard, and the judges saw that, and she won fair and square.”

As of now, Cifuentes is permitted to keep her title. Alvarez argued that they have no grounds to disqualify the winner because deferred adjudicated probation indicates that she has not necessarily been convicted of the crime. She further noted that married women are prohibited from competing in the event’s teen category, but a divorced woman is allowed if she is not married at the time of the pageant.

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