Ms. America pageant revokes Ms. Nevada's title

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LAS VEGAS (KOLO) - Ms. Nevada Katie Williams says she has lost her crown because of her conservative political beliefs, just days before the Ms. America pageant.

Katie Jo Williams says she lost her Ms. Nevada crown for her conservative political beliefs. Photo Courtesy: Katie Jo Williams

The Ms. America Pageant has confirmed that it has removed Williams from their competition. The pageant posted a statement on its website which notes that it is a "No Politics" pageant and that Williams had signed an agreement to keep her politics separate from her pageant social media page.

The pageant statement also says, in part, "Ms. Williams acknowledged both verbally and in writing that she understood these rules before she was accepted into the pageant. Nothing on her Facebook Page had any political statements at the time she was accepted into the pageant.

Williams tells KOLO 8 News Now, "I'm upset I mean don't get me wrong this is something I really wanted to do and I worked really hard to do and I you know, you go and try to make your best self for people you don't even know and of course you want them to view you as a role model."

The Ms. America pageant Rules and Regulations says the contest is for women 26 years of age and older who are single, divorced, widowed or married - with or without children.

There are no state or regional qualifying pageants. Contestants are chosen from applicants who:
1. Fill out an on-line application
2. Email two recent photos to the pageant
3. Undergo an telephone interview

The Ms. America Pageant will be held August 22-24, 2019 in Long Beach, California.

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