A South Surrey teen is raising concerns about alleged broken beauty pageant promises.
The teen says she won a competition called “Ms. and Mr. Vancouver” but not only has she yet to receive any of the prizes, she’s also now being sued by the pageant.
One year ago, Ashley Brooks was crowned Ms. Vancouver but she and her mom say Ashley never received the prizes.
“I was supposed to receive an exotic trip to Jamaica, $5,000 in Apple prizes, and one year of personal training with Tommy Europe,” says Brooks.
Ashley says she had to pay $1,300 to be a contestant, and tickets to attend the dinner and pageant were $75 each.
But this August, she received a Termination of Title letter from Brinson Silver of Soft Box Film and Television of Beverly Hills.
“The prizes listed will be given after their successful reign with Vancouver Television which was to end this past Sunday,” says Harmon Bal of Vancouver Television Broadcasting Corporation.
Brooks says she was dropped as Ms. Vancouver after an incident at Red Robin, something she says never happened.
“They said I demanded free food, that’s why they dismissed me from my duties as Ms. Vancouver” says Brooks.
Bal says the marketing manager of Red Robin called Vancouver Television to complain about Brooks.
“I offered a free dessert, that’s the best I could have done, and I apologized, quite embarrassed obviously,” says Bal.
“I can pay for my own food,” says Brooks.
The Brooks say they have documented all sorts of problems with the pageant and Vancouver Television.
On the other hand, Vancouver Television says they have documented all sorts of problems with the Brooks.
“This morning, we have filed suit in B.C. Supreme Court for defamation,” says Bal.
From the Brooks’ perspective, losing the Ms. Vancouver crown was devastating, says Ashley’s mom.
“I was really worried about her, she was spending every night in her bedroom and I thought I was going to lose her,” says Linda Brooks.
– with files from John Daly