Miss Teen USA resigns two days after Miss USA: ‘My personal values no longer fully align’ (2024)

Miss Teen USA 2023 UmaSofia Srivastava is stepping down from her title two days after Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt resigned.

Srivastava, 17, announced her resignation in an Instagram post in a nearly identical format to Voigt, writing that she feels her "personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization."

"After months of grappling with this decision, I have made the choice to resign from the title of Miss Teen USA 2023. I am grateful for all the support from my family, my state directors, my sister queens, and the fans who have cheered me on since I won my state title. I will always look back on my time as Miss NJ Teen USA fondly, and the experience of representing my state as a first generation, Mexican-Indian American at the national level was fulfilling in itself," she wrote.

Miss Teen USA resigns two days after Miss USA: ‘My personal values no longer fully align’ (1)

Srivastava continued, "After careful consideration, I've decided to resign as I find that my personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization. However, I will continue my relentless advocacy for education and acceptance, with my multi-lingual children's book 'The White Jaguar' and with the organizations that I have had the privilege to work with long before starting competing..."

The teen wrote that she is looking forward to finishing 11th grade as part of the National Honor Society, as well as starting applications for colleges. She also teased a "new writing project" that is expected to be released this year.

In the caption to the post, Srivastava thanked her supporters and wrote that this was "certainly not how I saw my reign coming to a close."

"At the end of the day, I am so lucky to have had the privilege of this experience, but if this is just a chapter, I know that the story of my life will truly be incredible," she wrote in part.

Voigt commented on the post, "I LOVE YOU! So proud of you my angel."

The Miss Teen USA posted on Instagram May 8 a photo of Srivastava on the evening of her title win and wrote, “UmaSofia, we are wishing you all the best. Thank you for your service as Miss Teen USA,” with a crown emoji.

“We respect and support UmaSofia’s decision to step down from her duties,” the organization wrote in a caption. “The well-being of our titleholders is a top priority. We are currently reviewing plans for the transition of responsibilities to a successor, and we will soon announce the crowning of the new Miss Teen USA.”

TODAY.com reached out to the Miss USA organization for comment, but did not hear back by the time of publication.

In 2023, Srivastava made history as the first Mexican-Indian Miss New Jersey Teen USA, according to the pageant. Along with working with several foundations, Srivastava wrote and illustrated her own children's book, is a pianist and runs a blog called That's Fan Behavior. In school, she co-founded a diversity and inclusion campaign and is a member of her mock trial and Model UN teams.

Srivastava's announcement comes one day after former Miss USA 2023 resigned from thecoveted titleto focus on her mental health.

In a message on social media, Voigt wrote, in part, “I realize this may come as a large shock to many. Never compromise your physical and mental well-being.”

Miss Teen USA resigns two days after Miss USA: ‘My personal values no longer fully align’ (2)

Along with thanking people for their “unwavering support,” Voigt also expressed her gratitude for “my darling beloved Miss Teen USA, UmaSofia.”

On the Miss USA Instagram page, the organization shared a photo of Voigt after her win and wrote, “Thank you, Noelia, for your service as Miss USA. We wish you the best in this next chapter.”

In a similar message to that of Miss Teen USA, the Miss USA organization captioned the post, “We respect and support Noelia’s decision to step down from her duties. The well-being of our titleholders is a top priority, and we understand her need to prioritize herself at this time. We are currently reviewing plans for the transition of responsibilities to a successor, and we will soon announce the crowning of the new Miss USA.”

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Miss Teen USA resigns two days after Miss USA: ‘My personal values no longer fully align’ (2024)


Why did Miss USA and Miss Teen USA resign? ›

Miss USA and Miss Teen USA resign days apart, casting a spotlight on the organization. A longer resignation letter from Voigt, obtained by the New York Times and NBC News, accuses the Miss USA Organization of "a toxic work environment ... that, at best, is poor management and, at worst, is bullying and harassment."

What is the scandal with Miss USA? ›

Former contestants featured in the documentary claimed Max Sebrechts, at the time vice president of Miss USA and married to Stewart, sexually harassed them. Sebrechts stepped down shortly after the news broke. Stewart also resigned in 2022, and was replaced by Rose.

Why is Miss USA stepping down? ›

While Voigt said her choice was to protect her mental health, Srivastava explained that she chose to resign because her “personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization,” she wrote in her Instagram statement.

Why is Miss USA relinquishing her crown? ›

Teen and Miss USA quit their crowns, citing mental health and personal values. The reigning winners of Miss USA, Noelia Voigt, and Miss Teen USA, UmaSofia Srivastava, resigned from their titles within days of each other this week in a shock to the Miss Universe Organization.

Who owns Miss USA and Miss Teen USA? ›

The parent company of all three pageants and the Miss Universe organization remains the same under the licensing agreement: JKN Metaverse Inc., a subsidiary of JKN Global Group. Prior to 1983, a beauty contest bestowing the title of Miss Teen USA was first held in 1959 as a mail-in photo contest by Teen magazine.

What was the controversy with Miss USA 2010? ›

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Fakih's victory was made controversial with charges of bias facing the Miss USA pageant after Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, who was runner-up, defended Arizona's anti-illegal immigration bill. The pageant was co-hosted by Australian celebrity chef Curtis Stone and Today show correspondent Natalie Morales.

What is the Miss USA drug scandal? ›

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In late 2006, Conner became the center of a public scandal after she was caught drinking underage, using cocaine, and kissing Miss Teen USA Katie Blair at a New York nightclub. She was allowed to retain her title, provided she enter a drug rehabilitation program.

Which Miss USA was dethroned? ›

Mary Leona Gage was crowned Miss USA in 1957, representing Maryland. After winning the pageant, it was discovered that she had lied about her age, marital status and having children, which led to her being dethroned just a few days after her crowning. Gage passed away in 2010 at the age of 71.

How much does Miss USA make? ›

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CityAnnual SalaryHourly Wage
Renton, WA$41,964$20.18
Santa Monica, CA$41,647$20.02
Palo Alto, CA$41,162$19.79
Daly City, CA$41,039$19.73
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How many Miss USA have resigned? ›

In the span of a week, three women who won titles within the Miss USA organization last year have stepped away from their crowns. Noelia Voigt, the 24-year-old former Miss USA 2023, announced her resignation on Instagram May 6, saying she was choosing to focus on her mental health.

Which state has the most Miss USA winners? ›

Texas has produced the most former Miss USA titleholders with ten former queens. California has the second most former Miss USAs with six former queens. New York, Hawaii and Illinois have all produced four Miss USA titleholders. Michigan, Louisiana and South Carolina have produced three former Miss USAs.

Who is the new Miss USA? ›

Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii was crowned the new Miss USA 2023 on Wednesday following shocking resignations and allegations that the pageant's CEO failed to take an incident of sexual harassment seriously and created a toxic work environment.

What are the accusations against Miss USA? ›

In recent years, Miss USA has weathered allegations of racism and sexual harassment, and has passed from owner to owner — one of them being Donald J. Trump. The 2022 suicide of Miss USA 2019 sent the organization reeling. In 2023, Ms. Rose's predecessor was suspended after accusations of pageant rigging.

Did Miss USA resign for mental health? ›

Miss USA Noelia Voigt served in her role for six months before stepping down. Reigning Miss USA Noelia Voigt has resigned her title, citing mental health challenges. Ms Voigt, who won the annual competition in September, said she believed in making decisions "that feel best for you and your mental health".

When and where is Miss USA 2024? ›

Miss USA 2024 will be the 73rd Miss USA pageant, to be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles, California on August 4, 2024. Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Why did Miss America resign? ›

Noelia Voigt resigns as Miss USA 2023 titleholder

Eight months following her Miss USA crowning, Voigt announced in a May 6 Instagram post that she was relinquishing her pageant title to preserve her mental health.

Can Miss USA be divorced? ›

Can you be divorced and be Miss USA? Unlike their rule about marriage, the Miss USA pageant does allow divorced contestants to compete.

Who is Laylah Rose? ›

She is the recipient and past title holder of America Achievement for Ms. World Achievement, a Visionary Award recipient, and a Board Member of The Global International Pageant Professionals Organization. Recently, she was co-author of a published book 100 Successful Women in Business.


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