Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre was on Thursday stripped of her title because she, at 24, was too old to wear the crown.
Longacre broke down in tears as she was talking about it on Friday’s The TODAY Show.
According to her, she had shown Delaware officials official documents stating her date of birth prior to the competition. Miss America states that contestants must be within 17 to 24 years old to be eligible to compete.
Longacre says she will not turn 25 until after the Miss America pageant, which will take place in October. She was crowned Miss Delaware two weeks ago and was scheduled to contest for the Miss America crown.
But on Thursday, Miss Delaware officials suddenly released a statement declaring that ‘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 Brittany Lewis [the first runner-up, who is also 24 years old].’
‘It’s like they’re trying to erase me,’ Langacre sobbed.
Watch the video below.