Miss USA, Miss Teen USA ‘Bullied’?

(TheIndependentStar.com) – In recent turns of events, the beauty pageant arena is facing a crisis since this week began with a jolt when Miss USA Noelia Voigt announced her resignation seven months into her reign, attributing her decision to mental health struggles.

24-year-old Voigt is the first titleholder in the 72-year history of the pageant to resign voluntarily.

In turn, 17-year-old Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava stepped down as well, stating her personal values “no longer fully align with the direction of the organization.”

In addition, sources revealed that both Voigt and Srivastava have endured difficult tenures, bound by stringent contracts that compelled them to maintain a facade of contentment despite “harmful workplace conditions.”

“This toxic atmosphere is a serious concern,” an individual familiar with the matter said. “There is an urgent need for intervention at the leadership level.”

These resignations followed the departure of Miss USA’s social media manager, Claudia Michelle, early this month.

In a revealing Instagram post, Michelle expressed, “I feel the way current management speaks about their titleholders is unprofessional and inappropriate; I disavow workplace toxicity and bullying of any kind.”

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

Moreover, an insider connected to all three women shared that their resignations were coordinated and strategically timed.

“The decision was not easy. Noelia and UmaSofia are extremely dedicated people who worked incredibly hard for the pageant. The decisions were not taken lightly. They all decided to do this together,” the insider explained.

“They are afraid of speaking out more at this time because of the organization. They don’t want this to have any lasting harmful effect on their futures.”

According to a close source, the alleged harassment and bullying became so severe that Srivastava’s parents recently banned Miss USA Organization president Laylah Rose from speaking directly to their daughter.

“Noelia wakes up every day on pins and needles because of harassing emails [from pageant organizers]: ‘Don’t do this,’ ‘Don’t do that,’ ‘Take that post down,’ Unlike that post.’ ‘You can’t speak to anybody, remember your NDA you can’t go here unless we confirm,’” another source close to the situation disclosed.

Voigt, of Venezuelan-American descent, had competed in the pageant for several years and was crowned Miss USA in September 2023.

In her resignation, she wrote, “I strongly value the importance of making decisions that feel best for you and your mental health.”

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