LEONA VALLEY (CBS) — A teenage beauty queen is trying to keep her crown after pageant officials told her she was 20 days too old to be Miss Junior Antelope Valley.
Aspen Brito, 15, won the title Saturday, but could only enjoy the honor for about an hour. That’s when she was told she’d have to give up her title because she was 20 days past the age limit of the contest.
The father of another contestant got a list of contestant birth dates and notified the judges. Aspen and her parents say the pageant’s directors had her birth certificate on hand all along.
Aspen wants to keep her crown, but the ordeal has left a bad taste in her mouth.
“If this is what pageant is really about, I don’t think I want to do another one,” Aspen said.
Aspen’s parents say they’ve contacted lawyers in hopes she can keep the crown.