Miss Teen USA and Miss USA Resign Amidst Controversy

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Miss Teen USA and Miss USA Resign Amidst Controversy

| Updated: May 10, 2024 13:36

Miss Teen USA, UmaSofia Srivastava, announced her resignation on Wednesday, just two days after Miss USA, Noelia Voigt, also declared she was stepping down.

Srivastava, 17, took to Instagram to announce her decision, stating that her personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organisation. She expressed gratitude for the support she received from her family, state directors, sister queens and fans since winning her state title. Srivastava, a first-generation Mexican-Indian American, cherished her experience of representing her state at the national level.

The resignations come amidst a wave of controversy surrounding the Miss USA organisation. Last week, Claudia Michelle, the organisation’s social media director, also resigned, citing concerns over Voigt’s mental health and alleged disrespect towards Srivastava and her family. Michelle criticised the current management’s unprofessional and inappropriate treatment of their titleholders and disavowed workplace toxicity and bullying.

Laylah Rose, CEO and president of the Miss USA organisation, responded to the controversy in a statement to NBC News, emphasising that the well-being of all individuals associated with Miss USA is her top priority. She did not elaborate on the allegations but stated that she takes them seriously.

Despite the controversy, Srivastava plans to continue advocating for education and acceptance. She highlighted the positive response she received for her children’s book, “The White Jaguar,” which she considers her true purpose. The book tells the story of a jaguar separated from its parents during a fire, embarking on a journey of self-love.

Srivastava is also looking forward to completing her junior year in high school and applying to colleges. She thanked those who support her for who she truly is, not for her temporary title.

Earlier this week, Voigt announced her resignation as Miss USA, prioritising her mental health. Voigt, 24, who won the crown in September, expressed hope that her decision would inspire others to prioritise mental health and advocate for themselves and others.

The Miss USA organisation released a statement respecting and supporting Voigt’s decision, emphasising that the well-being of their titleholders is a top priority. The organisation is currently reviewing plans for the transition of responsibilities to a successor and will make an announcement soon.

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