Miss USA And Miss Teen USA Winners Resign Amid Allegations Of Toxic Work Environment

The beauty pageant world has been rocked by the resignations of Miss USA 2023 winner Noelia Voigt and Miss Teen USA 2023 winner UmaSofia Srivastava. Voigt, 24, alleged she suffered from “bullying and harassment” during her tenure specifically calling out Laylah Rose the president and CEO of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA organizations.

In her resignation letter, Voigt claimed that Rose is “actively building a culture of fear and control, the antithesis of women’s empowerment, that is causing a toxic workplace that is unsafe for future titleholders and employees.” She also alleged that she was “made to feel unsafe” at events she attended during her reign which “culminated in being sexually harassed at the 2023 Sarasota Christmas Parade.”

Srivastava’s resignation followed shortly after with the teenager stating on social media that her “personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization.” The dual resignations have thrown into question the future of the long-running Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions which date back to 1952.

Voigt also claimed that Rose “was generally inaccessible for communication,” didn’t offer her support and allegedly “slandered” her. As a result, Voigt said her mental health has suffered significantly.