WILMINGTON, Del. — Former Miss Delaware Amanda Longacre, who lost her crown for being too old, has sued the state and national scholarship pageant organizations.
The class action lawsuit filed Tuesday in Delaware's Court of Chancery seeks $3 million in damages – $2.5 million to be shared by contestants who were certified to compete, then disqualified, and $500,000 for Longacre.
She also seeks a waiver so she can compete for Miss America in September, restoration of her titles as Miss Pike Creek and Miss Delaware, and the full-term reign as Miss Delaware.
Last month, Longacre was disqualified and first-runner up Brittany Lewis was elevated to the state crown and national competition that gives each contestant a $3,000 scholarship for participating.
Longacre told The News Journal that pageant officials told her she was too old and she was losing her Miss Pike Creek and Miss Delaware titles, wouldn't get scholarships she won, couldn't compete for Miss America and had to return her crown and sash.
The Miss America Organization website says contestants must be 17 to 24 years old. Longacre will turn 25 in October.
The suit, which names others disqualified after competing, contends the pageant organizations knowingly recruit ineligible contestants to boost dwindling participation, take advantage of them for fundraising and appearances, then disqualify them.