Miss Teen USA’s resignation hints at Pageantry’s Ugly Truth

The world of beauty pageantry is firmly under the spotlight after both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA abruptly abdicated their positions.

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“I have first-hand seen the disrespect towards Uma"

The abrupt resignations of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA have put the pageantry world under the spotlight.

Both Noelia Voigt and UmaSofia Srivastava announced they would be stepping down from their respective positions.

They detailed their decisions in lengthy statements.

Ms Voigt highlighted the importance of prioritising mental health while 17-year-old Ms Srivastava said that her personal values “no longer fully align with the direction of the organisation”.

Both announcements came following the resignation of Miss USA Social Media Director Claudia Michelle, who voiced a number of concerns.

In an Instagram post, Ms Michelle said the decision had not been easy but that her experiences at the Miss Universe Organisation (MUO).

She said she had first-hand experience of poor treatment of Ms Voigt and Ms Srivastava and their families.

Ms Michelle wrote: “I disavow workplace toxicity and bullying of any kind.

“I feel the way current management speaks about their titleholders is unprofessional and inappropriate.”

She added that “not enough time and attention” was given to Ms Srivastava, who is of Mexican-Indian heritage.

Ms Michelle continued: “I have first-hand seen the disrespect towards Uma and her family.

“In my opinion, not enough time and attention was given to our national teen titleholder, especially on social media.”

In her post, the teenager said she would remember her time as Miss NJ Teen USA “fondly” but that “I find my values no longer fully align with the direction of the organisation.”

Ms Michelle wrote: “I don’t believe in taking sides. I believe in telling the truth.

“I believe Noelia and Uma’s mental health and happiness has taken a toll and I cannot remain silent about that.”

Miss Teen USA's resignation hints at Pageantry's Ugly Truth

It was also reported that the workplace conditions at MUO were “harmful” and a “serious concern”.

According to Ms Michelle, both Ms Voigt and Ms Srivastava had been “threatened” by MUO about sharing personal advocacies on social media due to the organisation’s policies which she is “yet to see”.

Ms Michelle alleged that the power of the beauty queens to use social media to champion causes had been “diminished” by oversight from the MUO management.

Fans of Ms Voigt had pointed out that the first letter in each sentence of her resignation spelt:


Sources claimed the hidden message was intentional.

Several 2023 state titleholders said the majority of the Miss USA class of 2023 supported her decision.

In her post, Ms Michelle wrote: “As a social media director, you become in charge of a team and create strategies to enhance the growth and presence of the brand.

“However, there was no social media team to manage.”

She claimed she had been brought in with “zero in-house team members” to assist her and was then not “financially” permitted to hire more.

She also allegedly worked unpaid for the first two months, and multiple decisions were taken by higher-ups instead of allowing her control and agency in her role.

Ms Michelle continued:

“The only thing I can truly take credit for is the in-person content I was able to capture of Noelia and Uma during events.”

“All pages blocked, comments that were deleted, and story reposts that were not branded right, were not done by myself or under my guidance.

“Despite verbal approval that I was able to run the account when brought on to the team, I felt like I was never truly able to run it in the professional level that I had planned to.”

Ms Michelle said she was left “shocked and disappointed” that several former assistant national directors at MUO were fired “for reasons still undisclosed to me”.

Dhiren is a News & Content Editor who loves all things football. He also has a passion for gaming and watching films. His motto is to "Live life one day at a time".

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