MILLS COUNTY, Iowa (KMTV) — It was a dream come true for Maggie Begbie when she was named Mills County Truthful Queen.
“I labored actually arduous for this. This was my third yr working and I ran for the Junior Miss contest and I ran center faculty for that. It has a very massive affect on my life,” Begbie mentioned.
However lower than every week after she received her crown — she was dethroned.
The Mills County Truthful Board of Administrators known as for an emergency assembly on July 11 after board members obtained a photograph of Begbie holding a mini liquor bottle. Since Begbie is nineteen and underage the board was involved she would not be a superb position mannequin, however Begbie insists the photograph was misinterpreted.
Begbie was a bridesmaid at a marriage posing with the opposite ladies when the photograph was taken.
“Within the photograph, they’re all consuming it. You’ll be able to inform by their faces. And I used to be given an empty shooter bottle. No alcohol in it by any means. I used to be holding it up within the air, not even near my face. It is fairly apparent I am not consuming within the photograph,” Begbie mentioned.
She says the board did not discuss to her or hear her facet of the story earlier than eradicating her title. That is why she employed a lawyer to reclaim the title and end her duties.
“We do issues within the second, we’re human. I wasn’t gonna take into consideration this. I might have by no means guessed this all would have occurred,” Begbie mentioned.
3 Information Now reached out to a board member and the honest board’s lawyer for remark. Each declined to talk on digital camera however one board member says they “hated” doing it. The board did ship the paperwork that exhibits whoever holds the title is required to uphold sure requirements.
Whereas Begbie has employed a lawyer, she’s undecided how far she’ll take her combat.
“It is simply continually behind my thoughts and it actually eats me alive,” Begbie mentioned.
She hopes that when folks hear her story they take away a message to be true to themselves.
“Combat for your self when individuals are assuming the unsuitable factor. I am an advocate for your self and sticking up for your self,” Begbie mentioned.
She says the honest board did not appoint anybody new to exchange her.