Jakiyah McKoy, 7, was named Miss Chiquita Delaware, but was soon stripped of her title following an investigation into her Dominican background–with many claiming that she did not best represent “Latin beauty.” In short? Many believe she was stripped of her crown because of her dark skin.
According to sources and Latino Rebels, the uproar came right after she was crowned. The pageant requires that each contestant be at least 25 percent Latino. According to her family, Jakiyah’s grandmother was born in the providence of La Vega in the Dominican Republic. After the uproar, Maria Perez, President of Nuestras Raices Delaware (the organization that sponsors the Little Miss Hispanic Delaware beauty pageant) asked the family to provide proof of her Hispanic heritage. It should be noted that no other contestant was asked for this documentation to “prove” her Latino heritage.
Responding to Latino Rebels for comment, Perez stated: “Whenever we are questioned, we ask for them to bring that stuff in,” she said. Perez denies the claims that the questioning was racially motivated.
“Color has nothing to do with it,” she said. She also cited other contestants who were both black and Hispanic and who had been crowned.
The organization crowned someone else, and McKoy was given “runner-up” despite not providing documentation.
By Samantha Leal