Moms of Miss USA Beauty Queens Who Resigned Speak Up About “their Nightmare”

Support and kudos for the young women floods in: “Human rights are basic. Legacies don't deserve this perpetuation which is cloaked under silence”


In the space of one week, Miss USA 2023, Noelia Voigt, and Miss Teen USA 2023, UmaSofia Srivastava gave up their titles. The resignations have sparked a conversation about the well-being and treatment of participants in pageantry—indeed, of the very idea standing behind beauty pageants, where young people, most often women, are put on display and “graded” on their personal characteristics, both their assets and shortcomings. Voigt wrote an eight-page resignation letter in which she described “a toxic work environment within the Miss USA Organization that, at best, is poor management and, at worst, is bullying and harassment.

” According to The New York Times, she also “complained in her letter that the organization had delayed making good on her prize winnings.” Now the mothers of Noelia Voigt and UmaSofia Srivastava are speaking out about the organization and their mistreatment of the young women. On Good Morning America, they stated that their daughters were “ill-treated, abused, bullied and cornered” by pageant organizers, and that those circumstances led to the resignations last week.

Barbara Srivastava, mother of Miss Teen USA 2023 UmaSofia Srivastava, and Jackeline Voigt, mother of Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt, told GMA that NDAs prevented their daughters from speaking out personally. Voigt’s mother recounted a specific example of an unwanted advance made to her daughter at a Christmas parade in which a man asked if she was “into old men with money.�.