Local Beauty Queen Reacts To Having Her Title Taken Away

STUDIO CITY (CBS) — A local beauty queen and her mother appeared on KCAL9 News Sunday to discuss having the title of Miss Junior Antelope Valley taken away after the 15-year-old was told she was 20 days past the age limit of the contest.

Aspen Brito won the title on Jan. 28, but about an hour after winning, was informed she’d have to give it up.

A father of another contestant got a list of contestant birth dates and notified judges of Brito’s age.

“After we had heard exactly what had happened… it was hard for us to understand that another adult would go to that extreme to have something like this occur and it started such a firestorm,” Denise Brito, Aspen’s mom, said.

Going into the pageant, Brito’s mom says they were unaware that she was too old to compete.

“Part of the requirements is to give your birth certificate and turn in a packet and we did that and they’ve had her birth certificate for I think approximately seven months. They’ve had that information,” she said.

When asked about how she felt about having her title taken away, Aspen said, “It was horrible. I just couldn’t imagine that someone could be so cruel and mean. And it was such a great experience with the girls my age and the adults turned it into such a nightmare.”

But Aspen says she feels very blessed with how much support she’s received through this.

“I’ve gotten more than enough support. I feel very blessed with how much support I have,” she said.

CBS2 tried to reach out to the committee that runs the AV Pageant. We have not yet received a response from them.

» Teenage Beauty Queen Too Old, According To Antelope Valley Pageant Officials


One Comment

  1. uhoh says:

    Who cares? Another parent trying to live their dreams through their kid. Get over it. Rules are rules.

  2. Steve Black says:

    She didn’t read the rules? She should not have wasted all the other girl’s time – give it back – YOU WERE CAUGHT CHEATING !!!! Why should some other girl suffer because this girl wants to break the rules – she should not have even been in the contest, and now they want to keep the crown when they cheated. Get REAL!! You and momma go home and cry me a river.

  3. Sydney Portis says:

    I cannot believe these two had the gall to appear on TV to act as victims when they are clearly in the wrong. They didn’t bother to read the rules, so she was cheating. I don’t feel sorry for her.

  4. Britney M. says:

    If they allowed her to enter the competition then they should allow her to keep the title. Why did they ask for birth certificates if they aren’t going to check them? Isn’t that their job?

  5. rc says:

    There is no evidence in this story that they knowingly broke the rules, or tried to get away with anything. Indeed they claim the opposite — they paid their fee and participated in good faith, and the pageant has yet to contradict them. Who are you to say you know better? My guess is the mistake was found late, exactly as described by a sore loser parent, and then mishandled, badly by people in over their heads. They deserve the public questioning and ridicule; the pageant should apologize, partly compensate the Brita family for the embarrassment (probably just let her keep the crown). You can tell this family is done with pageants.

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