'Too old' Miss Delaware winner sobs on TODAY, says losing crown 'not fair'
Amanda Longacre is only 24, but apparently too old for the Miss Delaware title she was granted earlier this month.
Pageant organizers stripped Longacre of her crown this week, saying her age violated a clause in rules for the parent competition, Miss America.
“I am so, like, really upset,” Longacre said Friday on TODAY. “I just found out on Tuesday that I was stripped of my crown and over an age clause that clearly the board of my state didn’t even know about.”
A new Miss Delaware — the first runner-up, Brittany Lewis, also 24 — was crowned Thursday, and Longacre broke down talking about it. Watch the video for her reaction.
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The Miss America Organization website says contestants must be 17 to 24 years old. Longacre turns 25 in October, a month after the Miss America competition.
Longacre won the title on June 14, after turning in copies of her birth certificate, driver's license and Social Security card on her pageant application.
Pageant organizers did not respond to TODAY requests for comment.