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Junior Miss Antelope Valley Won't Give Up Her Crown Without a Fight
When Aspen Brito won the Junior Miss Antelope Valley Pageant on Saturday, she had but a few hours to savor the sweet taste of victory.
From the moment she was crowned, there was already intrigue afoot by pageant parents to strip the 15-year-old Leona Valley teen of her trophy, sash and crown. They went through her personal records and figured out that she was 20 days too old to hold the "junior" title. Within two hours, she was stripped of her title, according to NBC LA.
"Words can't really describe how I felt right then," Brito told NBC.
A teary-eyed interview by Leona Valley pageant director Susie McGuffee sort of gives you an idea: "It was taken away from her, ripped out from under her."
Aspen won the junior Miss Leona Valley title, which required her to go on and participate in the Antelope Valley competition. It was a pretty big honor for her since no one from Leona Valley (which yeah, we hadn't heard of either) has taken the crown for 60 years. But Team Aspen is feeling pretty bitter no one bothered to tell her she was disqualified until after she won the crown. Her family is considering legal action.
"With everything that they put me through, it definitely has lost some meaning. But I know it's worth fighting for to represent Antelope Valley," Brito said.