Christina Silva, 24, was declared the winner of the annual state beauty pageant, but she gave up the title to Raquel Beezley, who was originally named the second runner-up. Beezely, 21, will represent the state at the Miss USA pageant next April.
The pageant's state director, Keith Lewis, said several judges questioned the results of the Nov. 25 competition at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles. Lewis said the error was discovered the next day after the ballots were opened and recounted.
"It was a simple human error," Lewis said.
Silva has hired an attorney and is weighing her legal options, according to her manager, Tony Brewster.
In a news release, Silva said she felt pressured to step down.
"They never could explain their accounting error, but told me that if I didn't give up my crown to Miss Barstow, my personal integrity could be questioned, and my career could potentially suffer," she said.
The contestants were scored by five celebrity judges who independently ranked them. The mix-up occurred when the points were reversed, with the lowest point given to the winner and the highest to the fourth runner-up, Lewis said.
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Crown Pulled From Miss California After Accounting Error - Christina Silva & Raquel Beezley
Hey, I thought you said there would be no math in this thing! Actually, it wasn't the contestants who made the error, but the volunteer accountants who added up the numbers wrong and gave the Miss California title to the wrong woman. Here's the rest of the story from LiveLeak.com. Below is a link to a news video of this story, and below that is a completely unrelated video from a Brazilian beauty pageant that becomes a brawl . . . as we assume the Miss California contest should have.