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Why Did Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Withdraw? What You Should Know

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Within two days, the reigning Miss USA and reigning Miss Teen USA relinquished their titles, citing their mental health and personal values, respectively.

Noelia Voigt relinquished her Miss USA crown on May 6 and explained her decision in a statement on Instagram.

“In life, I value making decisions that feel best for you and your mental health,” she wrote. “As individuals, we grow by experiencing different things in life that lead us to learn more about ourselves.”

Her resignation letter, obtained by NBC News, details what she has experienced within the organization since earning her crown in 2023.

“There is a toxic work environment within the Miss USA organization that consists of poor management at best and bullying and harassment at worst,” Voigt, 24, wrote. “This started shortly after winning the title of Miss USA 2023.”

48 hours later, Just Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava resigned on May 8, writing via Instagram: “After careful consideration, I have decided to resign because I realize that my personal values ​​are no longer fully aligned with the direction of the organization.”

The consequences of Voigt and Srivastava’s decisions continued at Miss Colorado Arianna Lemus resigned this Friday in solidarity and was social media manager Claudia Michelle also submitted her resignation.

Read on to learn more about why the Miss Universe Organization has to endure this series of resignations and how they responded.

Why Miss USA and Miss Teen USA withdrew

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In Voigt’s Instagram post, she urged fans to “never jeopardize your physical and mental well-being.”

Fans were quick to point out that the first letter of each sentence in her statement was “I AM SILENT.” Voigt claimed in her letter that the organization was CEO and president Laylah Rose created a toxic work environment by failing to take allegations of sexual harassment seriously.

Voigt detailed the incident, claiming that at a Christmas event in Florida she was left alone in a car with a man who “made several inappropriate statements to me about his desire to pursue a relationship with me.”

According to Voigt, Rose responded by saying: “We cannot prevent people from saying things to you in public appearances, unfortunately that is part of your role as a public figure.”

Voigt also accused Rose of bad-mouthing her, calling her difficult to work with and “mentally ill.” Rose reportedly said she hoped Voigt would get hit by a baseball when he threw out the first pitch in a game.

Voigt has now been diagnosed with anxiety disorders, for which she is taking medication. She added that she also had a relapse of a pre-existing condition and suffered from “heart palpitations, whole body tremors, loss of appetite, unintentional weight loss, insomnia, hair loss and much more.”

“Every statement you have ever made about the morals and integrity of MUO directly contradicts what is happening within the U.S. organization,” she said in her letter.

Although Srivastava’s resignation came just two days later, she wrote that she struggled with the decision for months.

“I am grateful for the support of my family, my state directors, my sister queens and the fans who have cheered me on since I won my state championship,” her statement said. “I will always look back fondly on my time as Miss NJ Teen USA, and the experience of representing my state at the national level as a first-generation Mexican-Indian American was fulfilling in itself.”

Srivastava added that she will continue to advocate for education and acceptance, citing the response to her children’s book The White Jaguar.

Mothers speak out

Voigt and Srivastava’s mothers appeared Good morning America on Tuesday, May 14, where they have expressed themselves on behalf of her daughters, who are subject to a confidentiality agreement.

“I want to do [it] It’s clear that it’s not about what they can get, what prices… it’s about how they were abused, abused, bullied and cornered.” Barbara Srivastava said. “The job of her dreams turned out to be a nightmare.”

Noelia’s mother, Jacketline Voigt, explained the Christmas incident her daughter wrote about, saying, “I saw Noelia so stressed and asked, ‘What happened?’ And she said, ‘Mom, get in the car, get in the car.’ When I got in the car I said, “What happened?” Because I know [a man] said something but I couldn’t understand it. [The man] said to Noelia, “Are you into old?” [men] with money?’ And Noelia was very, very uncomfortable.”

Jackeline added in the comments of her daughter’s Instagram statement, “I’ve watched your personality change and your light fade. It broke our hearts. We’re so happy that you’re being you again.”

Response from the Miss USA Organization

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Miss USA did not address the specific allegations, but said in a statement to ABC News: “We are committed to providing a healthy, communicative and supportive environment for all contestants, state champions, national titleholders and staff.”

Rose released a statement to NBC stressing, “The well-being of everyone associated with Miss USA is my top priority.”

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“My personal goal as the leader of this organization has always been to inspire women to keep pursuing new dreams, to have the courage to explore everything while continuing to maintain their integrity. “I hold myself to the same high standards and take these allegations seriously,” she said.

The Miss USA Organization also shared two nearly identical posts on its social media channels, thanking Noelia and UmaSofia and wishing them well.

Laylah Rose and the Miss USA Organization were not immediately available for comment.

Celebrities offer their support

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Noelia and UmaSofia have received an outpouring of support from the celebrity world including The valley star Nia Sanchezwho was crowned Miss USA in 2014.

“Let’s support our queen @noeliavoigt,” Sanchez, 34, wrote via Instagram on Monday, May 6. “Being #MissUSA is one of the most incredible experiences of my life. I can only imagine what’s going on with Noelia to the point where she has to step down as Miss USA. Sending lots of love to our Latina queen and wishing her the best of luck in her next endeavor.”

Big Brother 24 winner Taylor Hale jumped into Noelia’s Instagram comments and wrote: “Life is so much bigger than the crown. It’s just the beginning, dear! I’m proud of you for making yourself a priority.”

The couple also received a flood of comments from other members of the beauty pageant community, including actresses and models Olivia Jordanwho was crowned Miss USA in 2015.

“Sending you so much love. I will be grateful to hear your story whenever you find a way to tell it,” she wrote to UmaSofia.

Miss Teen USA 2022 Faron Medhi added: “My sweet Uma, I am so proud of you and your strength. This is just the beginning for you, my darling!! I will always be at your side and I will always be with you.”

Noelia and UmaSofia also commented on each other’s posts to offer their support.

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