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Miss Black Colorado Dethroned But Refuses To Give Up Crown

November 4, 1991

DENVER (AP) _ Cameo Antoinette Diggs was dethroned as Miss Black Colorado by pageant officials for wearing a suit instead of an evening gown to a car race and was late or missed public engagements.

But Diggs refuses to give up the crown. She also argues the complaints are unfounded and says she never got all the promised scholarship money.

Deborah McDonald, Diggs’ consultant, said pageant officials agreed that wearing an evening gown to Denver Grand Prix would look silly. She wore a suit instead, later deemed inappropriate by pageant officials.

Pageant director Theresa Hailey says Diggs was late to some events and missed two altogether. Diggs blamed sickness for the absences.

Diggs paid $200 to enter the June pageant that promised $10,000 in scholarships to the winner. Diggs said she received less than $3,000.

She was replaced Saturday by second runner-up Lynn Marie Kelley of Denver in a ceremony at Hailey’s home. Hailey said the second runner-up was chosen when the first runner-up couldn’t be reached.

The first runner-up, Pam Bailey, has since contacted Hailey. She wants the title.

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