This beauty queen isn’t going down without a
About a week after Genesis Davila won the title of
Miss Florida USA 2017, she was stripped of her
crown . The pageant accused the Puerto Rican
model of violating one of the regulations from the
organization: You cannot have your hair and
makeup professionally done. “We have a zero-
tolerance policy on rules,” said Grant Gravitt ,
executive producer of the Miss Florida USA
pageant, to Miami’s Local 10. “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.”
Now the beauty queen is firing back in a 21-page
lawsuit asking a Miami-Dade circuit judge to issue
an emergency injunction restoring her title,
according to the Miami Herald. Her lawyer states
that one of the key photos used against his client
was actually taken more than a week before the
pageant. Davila’s defamation lawsuit is seeking $
15 million—and the return of her crown.
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,”
Davila and her legal team say otherwise. “She
didn’t have a professional hair and makeup
person. She did it herself,” Wolfe said during a
press conference. “No one is going to have their
hair and makeup done nine days in advance of a
“I am innocent. All these false allegations have
taken me completely by surprise,” Davila said
during the press conference.
According to the lawsuit, Gravitt angrily accused
her of lying about her U.S. citizenship. “Let me
remind you, Puerto Rico is part of this country,”
her lawyer said.
After the Davila was dethroned, Miss Sunny Isles
Beach USA Linette De Los Santos was named the
new Miss Florida USA 2017.
Gravitt and his company, TelAir, which produces
the pageant, declined to comment because of the
pending lawsuit, according to the Miami Herald.