(SAN ANTONIO) -- Ousted Miss San Antonio Domonique Ramirez won her crown back after a courtroom battle with pageant directors who allegedly claimed she'd gained too much weight.
"I feel great. I've only had like two hours of sleep this morning and I woke up happy. My family is behind me, my lawyers are behind me…I have a large support group and I thank God for that every day," Ramirez said in an exclusive interview with Good Morning America.
Ramirez, 17, took the Miss Bexar County Organization to court in February, claiming in a lawsuit that she had been unfairly stripped of her title in January.
Ramirez claimed that a pageant director told her that she needed to drop weight at a bikini photo shoot. The five-foot-eight teen weighs 129 pounds.
"She told me I need to drop 13 pounds and I needed to lay off the tacos," Ramirez said.
The pageant board claims that the dethroning of Ramirez stemmed less from her weight and more from her performance as Miss San Antonio. The board said the teen didn't represent the city well. They claim Ramirez turned up late to events and didn't send thank-you notes.
After more than 11 hours of deliberation, the jury disagreed with pageant officials on Thursday, ruling that Ramirez deserved her crown.
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