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Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava relinquishes crown days after Miss USA resigns

Miss Teen USA announced her resignation on Wednesday, two days after Miss USA announced her resignation and relinquishment of her crown.

UmaSofia Srivastava, 17, posted on Instagram:After careful consideration, I have decided to resign because I realize that my personal values ​​no longer fully align with the direction of the organization.

Srivastava added, “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 fondly on my time as Miss NJ Teen USA, and the experience of representing my state as the first generation of Mexican Americans on a national level was rewarding in itself.

The resignation comes the same week that Noelia Voigt gave up her Miss USA crown, citing her mental health.

Last week, the social media director of the Miss USA organization also announced her resignation. Claudia Michelle said on Instagram that she had observed a “decline” in Voigt’s mental health and a “lack of respect” toward Srivastava and his family.

“I believe the way current management talks about their titleholders is unprofessional and inappropriate; I disavow workplace toxicity and bullying of any kind,” Michelle wrote.

Laylah Rose, CEO and president of the Miss USA Organization, said in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday that “the well-being of everyone associated with Miss USA is my top priority.”

“My personal goal as the leader of this organization has always been to inspire women to always create new dreams, have the courage to explore everything, and continue to maintain their integrity along the way. I hold myself to those same high standards and take these allegations seriously,” she said, without specifying which allegations she was referring to.

Srivastava said she would continue to advocate for education and acceptance.

She cited the reactions she received, from both children and adults, about a children’s book she wrote, “The White Jaguar,” as shaping her legacy.

“This work has always been my REAL goal,” Srivastava wrote.

According to a summary of the book, it is the story of a jaguar separated from its parents during a fire. The jaguar, who realizes he is different from other jaguars, must find his way back on a journey of self-love, the summary states.

Srivastava also said she is looking forward to finishing her junior year in high school and applying to college.

“Most importantly, thank you to those who support me for who I am and always have been, not for what I have momentarily become,” she said.

Voigt announced Monday that she was resigning as Miss USA to prioritize her mental health. Voigt, 24, who won the crown in September, posted on Instagram that she was withdrawing.

“Deep down, I know this is just the beginning of a new chapter for me, and I hope I continue to inspire others to stand strong, to prioritize your mental health, to advocate for yourself and those of others using your voice, and to never be disappointed. I’m afraid of what the future holds, even though it seems uncertain,” Voigt said.

The Miss USA Organization said in a statement Monday that it respected Voigt’s decision and accepted her resignation.

“We respect and support former Miss USA Noelia Voigt’s decision to resign from her position,” the statement said. “The well-being of our titleholders is a top priority, and we understand that she must prioritize herself at this time.”

The competition said it was reviewing plans for “the transition of responsibilities to a successor” and would make an announcement soon.

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News Source : www.nbcnews.com

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