Another Miss America hopeful has been dethroned.
Fechtel was crowned Miss Florida last Saturday, but now the true winner, 21-year-old Victoria Cowen, is taking over. (Via WTVT)
The Miss America system already made headlines this week when Miss Delaware was forced to give up her crown after it was discovered she is actually too old to compete at the national pageant. (Via NBC)
Miss Florida Executive Director Mary Sullivan wrote on the organization's Facebook page Saturday,"There was no real way to win except to do the right thing. Congratulations to Victoria Cowen for an exciting year that lies ahead, and to Elizabeth Fechtel for a bright and shining future." (Via Facebook / Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant)
Tampa Bay Times reports after Fechtel was told of the situation, she prayed with her family and then called Cowen and congratulated her. Now that's a class act, Liz.
According to Villages-News.com, Fechtel had already withdrawn from her University of Florida classes to prepare for the Miss America pageant when she was told of the mix-up.
Fechtel has not yet made a comment to the numerous media outlets that have reached out. (Via YouTube / PromGirl.com)
Cowen, the new Miss Florida, will go on to represent the Sunshine State in the Miss America pageant this fall.
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