Miss Teen USA resigns following Miss USA’s departure

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Published: May 9, 2024, 09:15 PM

Miss Teen USA resigns following Miss USA’s departure

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Miss Teen USA, UmaSofia Srivastava, has announced her resignation, stirring up further turmoil within the pageant community. This follows closely on the heels of Miss USA‍‍`s recent decision to step down from her crown.

In a heartfelt Instagram post on Wednesday, Srivastava expressed that her "personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization." She stated, "After months of grappling with this decision, I have made the choice to resign from the title of Miss Teen USA 2023." Hailing from New Jersey, Srivastava made history as the first Mexican-Indian American to claim the title back in September.

"I look forward to the rest of the year as I finish 11th grade as part of the National Honor Society and start the college application process, knowing that my academic career has been defined by my hard work, and my hard work alone," she added. Despite stepping down, she affirmed her commitment to advocacy for education and acceptance through her work with the Lotus Petal and Bridge of Books foundations.

The pageant organization responded via Instagram, expressing respect for Srivastava‍‍`s decision and assuring that the well-being of titleholders remains a top priority. They also hinted at naming a successor in the near future.

Srivastava and the Miss Universe and Miss USA organizations did not provide immediate comments to CNN‍‍`s requests.

This resignation closely follows another recent departure. On Monday, Noelia Voigt resigned from her Miss USA title, citing mental health concerns. Voigt, of Venezuelan American descent from Utah, had pledged to connect with diverse communities across the United States during her reign.

"Deep down I know that this is just the beginning of a new chapter for me, and my hope is that I continue to inspire others to remain steadfast, prioritize your mental health, advocate for yourself and others by using your voice, and never be afraid of what the future holds, even if it feels uncertain," Voigt shared on Instagram.

Her post sparked speculation among fans, with the first letter of the first 11 sentences spelling out "I am silenced," hinting at a possible non-disclosure agreement. The Miss USA Organization expressed support for Voigt‍‍`s decision and assured that plans are underway for a smooth transition to her successor.

These resignations, coupled with the recent departure of the organization‍‍`s social media director Claudia Michelle, have prompted discussions about the culture of beauty pageants. Michelle, in her Instagram post, condemned workplace toxicity and bullying, raising further questions about the organization‍‍`s internal dynamics.

Miss Universe and Miss USA have yet to respond to CNN‍‍`s inquiries.

In solidarity, some of Voigt‍‍`s fellow Miss USA contestants have urged the organization to release her from any non-disclosure agreements, allowing her to share her experiences freely.

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