PEMBROKE PARK, FL, July 22 — Genesis Davila, a former Miss World Puerto Rico who won the Miss Florida USA 2017 crown last weekend, has been stripped of the title according to organizers. Grant Gravitt, executive producer of the Miss Florida USA pageant, told Local 10 News that she won’t be wearing the tiara any longer.Davila, who competed with 64 other women last Saturday for the title, is accused of violating pageant regulations.
“We have a zero-tolerance policy on rules,” Gravitt told Local 10’s, Shyann Malone. “Whether it’s something major or minor, it’s all about keeping an equal and level playing field. Unfortunately, our title holder sought an unfair competitive advantage, and that’s just not acceptable in our system.”Gravitt said Davila used professional stylists to help with her hair and makeup in her private room, which is a violation of pageant rules. “She made a poor life choice,” Gravitt said. There were also rumors of the beauty leaving the hotel premises during the pageant without authorization.
Gravitt said the organization received multiple complaints from contestants, and there were also eyewitnesses.”We finally had substantial proof to link her and her vendors to her room on an evening which they were not allowed,” Gravitt said. Although Gravitt didn’t specifically say what proof he had, he said Davila’s social media accounts sealed her fate.“When one steps out of line, it’s not fair to the other 64, and I couldn’t look at the other 64 in the eye knowing that I had substantial proof to say, unfortunately, she sought an unfair advantage,” Gravitt said.
Genesis Davila is famous among the pageant circles, being the 1st runner-up in Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2013; 1st runner-up in Miss Intercontinental 2013 held in Germany, winner of Miss World Puerto Rico in 2014, and most recently applied to be one of the contestants of #Miss52, a Miss USA dynamic which chose a 52nd candidate for their beauty contest.Genesis Davila, Miss Puerto Rico Universe 2013
The dethroning announcement automatically makes the runner-up — Miss Sunny Isles Beach USA Linette De Los Santos — the new Miss Florida USA 2017. De Los Santos is a Nova Southeastern University law school student born in the Dominican Republic. “I’m just excited to have this opportunity,” De Los Santos said. “I didn’t think it was going to happen, especially like this.”Linette De Los Santos will now compete in the Miss USA 2017 pageant expected to be held in May. The winner will compete in the Miss Universe pageant. With excerpts from People en Espanol and Local 10 News. The Miss Universe Organization has not commented on the matter.