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State Gets Second Miss Alabama In Two Days

June 16, 1987 GMT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) _ The woman who stepped down as Miss Alabama just hours after being crowned never expected to win and only entered the pageant for the scholarship money, her mother says.

Julie Hitt of Birmingham was chosen over 51 other contestants Saturday night and then, early Sunday, handed pageant executive director Nora Chapman a letter of resignation.

″She was just in it for the scholarship money,″ Miss Hitt’s mother, Yvonne Hitt, told the Birmingham Post-Herald on Monday.

″She thought she’d make it to the top five for the scholarship money, but with several of the top five returning from last year, she never dreamed she’d win.″

Ms. Chapman said she knew of no motive for the action by Miss Hitt, a 25- year-old student at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, except Miss Hitt’s statement that she did not want to give up a year of her life for the duties that come with the title.

The title immediately went to the first runnerup, Kym Williams of Slidell, La., who said she was thrilled at the chance to assume the crown. Miss Williams, 21, is a student in musical theater at Birmingham-Southern College.

In addition to competing in the Miss America Pageant in September, Miss Alabama models clothes, makes many public appearances and attends charity functions.

Mrs. Hitt said her daughter had obligations to do advertisements and also was considering a couple of recent job offers.

″The first time she thought about winning was after she won the talent competition - she never thought she’d win the talent competition. But by that time, she thought she was in too far to back out,″ Mrs. Hitt said.

″She didn’t think about giving up the apartment, giving up her job, giving up her pets.″

Repeated efforts to reach Miss Hitt for comment were unsuccessful.

It was the first time a Miss Alabama winner had stepped down before the Miss America pageant in the 66-year history of the state pageant.

Ms. Chapman said Miss Hitt will be allowed to keep between $800 and $1,000 in scholarships and prize money she received. Miss Williams also will get a full share of scholarship money.