Miss USA Noelia Voigt made a tough decision to step down

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Noelia Voigt has announced she is relinquishing her Miss USA crown to preserve her mental health.The beauty pageant contestant, who was awarded the prestigious title Sept. 29, 2023 in Reno Tahoe, announced her decision to step down Monday on Instagram.
“My journey as Miss USA has been incredibly meaningful, representing Utah with pride, and later the USA at Miss Universe (held in November),” Voigt said in the lengthy statement posted to her account.
“Sadly, I have made the very tough decision to resign from the title of Miss USA 2023.” USA TODAY has reached out to the pageant for comment.
“Never could I have imagined the journey that my childhood dream would take me on,” Voigt, 24, continued.
The entity addressed Voigt’s resignation in a statement shared Monday with USA TODAY.
“We respect and support former Miss USA Noelia Voigt’s decision to step down from her duties,” the statement provided by a spokesperson read.
“The well-being of our titleholders is a top priority, and we understand her need to prioritize herself at this time.
The organization is currently reviewing plans for the transition of responsibilities to a successor and an announcement regarding the crowning of the new Miss USA will be coming soon.”

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In order to protect her mental health, Noelia Voigt has declared that she is giving up her title as Miss USA. The participant in the beauty pageant, who won the esteemed title on Sept. 29, 2023 in Reno Tahoe, revealed her decision to resign on Instagram on Monday.

“It has been an immensely meaningful experience for me to represent Utah as Miss USA and then the USA at Miss Universe (held in November),” Voigt wrote in the long statement that was uploaded to her account. Sadly, I have had to make the extremely difficult decision to forfeit my title as Miss USA 2023. USA TODAY has contacted the pageant to request a statement.

The 24-year-old Voigt said, “I could never have imagined the journey that my childhood dream would take me on.”. “My current status is a result of seven years of pageantry competition and sharing my journey with all of you. I hope that this journey has inspired you to never give up on your dreams, no matter what they may be.”.

The feeling of realizing a lifelong dream, meeting people from all over the world, and connecting with them—just as I had promised to do on the Miss USA stage—fills my heart with eternal gratitude, she continued. Deep down, I know that this is just the start of a new chapter in my life, and my hope is that I will continue to encourage people to never give up, give their mental health first priority, speak up for themselves and others, and never be afraid of what the future may bring, even if it seems uncertain. “.

“Never compromise your physical and mental well-being,” Voigt wrote in the caption of her post, acknowledging that her resignation might “come as a large shock to many.”. We are rich when we are well. “.

The Venezuelan-American was hailed as “the essence of a transformational leader and a force for good” by Miss USA’s website after her victory in September. Her aspiration, as a student of interior design, is to start her own design company and become a TV host where she helps families who need some TLC. The group praised Voigt’s efforts as well for raising awareness of and preventing dating violence.

A statement released on Monday to USA TODAY by the organization discussed Voigt’s resignation.

“A spokesperson for the organization said, ‘We respect and support former Miss USA Noelia Voigt’s decision to step down from her duties. “We recognize that she needs to put herself first at this time, but the health and safety of our titleholders comes first. The organization is presently reviewing procedures for assigning duties to a successor, and there will be an announcement soon about the coronation of the new Miss USA. “.”.

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