DALLAS -- Miss America Debra Sue Maffett, who had failed in 12 attempts to win a major pageant in Texas, underwent 'extensive cosmetic surgery' before competing in California, The Dallas Morning News reported today.
But the beauty queen's mother, who lives in Cut and Shoot, Texas, said her daughter only underwent nose surgery to correct a deviated septum in 1980.
State pageant officials said nose and chin surgery gave Miss Maffett the 'California look' that won her the Miss California and Miss America titles.
The 25-year-old Miss Maffett did not make her surgery public but pageant officials said cosmetic surgery is not against the rules of the Miss America contest.
'The rules say anything that enhances a contestant's appearance is OK,' said Gary Jordan, executive director of the Miss Texas Pageant in Fort Worth, Texas.
Miss Maffett moved to California in 1981 after failing to win any major title in Texas, the report said.
'But Debbie has had extensive cosmetic surgery since she last tried our pageant,' Jordan said. 'She had her nose done, her chin and I'm not sure what else. It wasn't that she was an unattractive girl before, but she certainly looks different now. She is a wonderful girl. She worked hard and she deserved to win.'
The beauty queen's mother, Nonnie, denied her daughter had cosmetic surgery and said the nose operation was only to correct a deviated septum. 'It sounds like sour grapes to me .... She certainly never had anything done to her chin,' the mother said.