Nelisa Smith, who represented Dominica in Philadelphia’s 2011 Miss Caribbean-US pageant, is complaining that she is yet to receive her prize almost a year after the event.
Smith finished second runner-up and she is still awaiting her prize money.
To make matters worse US media reports indicate that she and other contestants also sold ads for the show’s program book but many of the ads were left out and Smith got blamed for all the problems.
According to reports when Smith failed to get her money she sent “several obscenity-laced emails” to the organizers of the show and went to court in King’s County, New York where she got a $5,600 judgement against the pageant.
But according to the pageant’s CEO, Yolanda Wallace, Smith won’t be getting that money anytime soon.
Smith, who is from Salisbury/St. Joseph, attends college in New York and went to Philadelphia in 2011 to participate in the pageant.
“I am honored to represent my country and I’m elated for having this opportunity,” she told Dominica News Online last year before participating in the event.
The show last year was her third pageant. In 2006, she won the crown in the Miss Dominica USA pageant and was a contestant in Madame Wob Dwiyet US 2009.
The 2012 Miss Caribbean-US pageant is scheduled for July 7.