Former Miss USA Noelia Voigt's Reason For Resignation Revealed: Report

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Former Miss USA Noelia Voigt was reportedly subjected to "inappropriate advances" by a driver prior to her sudden resignation last week, her friend, Claudia Michelle, told the Independent.

Voigt, 24, who represented Utah while winning the Miss USA 2023 crown at the pageant held in September and placed in the top 20 in the Miss Universe 2023 pageant in November, was reportedly traveling in the backseat of a car during a Christmas parade in Sarasota, Florida, when a driver, described as an older man, aggressively suggested that he wanted a relationship with her.

“He was saying, how he was older and he had money, that kind of thing,” Michelle claimed. “She literally couldn’t escape it. What was she going to do, step out of the car and walk away in the middle of the parade? She was stuck.”

Voigt, the first Venezuelan-American woman to win the Miss USA crown in the pageant's history, announced her sudden resignation, becoming the first Miss USA to voluntarily step down in the pageant's 72-year history, on May 6. The 24-year-old specifically mentioned Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava, who announced her own resignation on May 8, while expressing gratitude for support in her statement.

Several users acknowledged that the first letter in the first 10 of 11 sentences of the statement shared by Voigt spelled out the phrase "I AM SILENCED."

Both Voigt and Srivastava's resignations followed Miss USA social media manager Claudia Michelle's decision to step down from her position on May 3. An insider told the New York Post that the three women decided to quit together and strategically worked out the timing of their respective resignations amid reported "harmful workplace conditions."

“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 said. “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.”

The source added that the alleged harassment and bullying was so bad that Srivastava's parents reportedly prohibited Miss USA Organization CEO & President Laylah Rose from speaking to their daughter.

“All correspondence had to go through her parents. Her parents meet weekly with the Miss Universe Organization to try and get things to change with Miss USA but nothing ever gets done. No changes, no nothing,” the source claimed.

A spokesperson for the Miss USA organization said “the well-being of our titleholders is a top priority, and we understand her need to prioritize herself at this time" in a statement to CNN following her resignation.

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