Noelia Voigt resigns as Miss USA due to her mental health – WSVN 7News | Miami News, Weather, Sports

Noelia Voigt resigns as Miss USA due to her mental health – WSVN 7News |  Miami News, Weather, Sports

(CNN) — Noelia Voigt, who was crowned Miss USA in November 2023, has announced she is resigning, saying the decision is in the best interest of her mental health.

“Deep down, I know this is just the beginning of a new chapter for me, and I hope I continue to inspire others to stay steadfast, prioritize your mental health, stand up for yourself and others through your voice, and never afraid of what the future holds, even when it feels uncertain,” she wrote on Instagram.

Voigt of Utah succeeded the 2022 Miss USA and Morgan Romano of North Carolina. According to her statement, she was the first Venezuelan-American woman to win Miss USA.

A spokesperson for the Miss USA Organization told CNN in a statement Monday that they support Voigt’s decision to step down from her duties and that “the well-being of our rights holders is a top priority, and we understand her need to prioritize himself. time.”

The organization said they are reviewing plans for the “transfer of responsibilities to a successor” and will announce the new Miss USA soon.

Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii became the first runner-up to Voigt’s win in November, making her a potential candidate to become the newly crowned Miss USA. Alexis Loomans of Wisconsin, Jasmine Daniels of Pennsylvania and Lluvia Alzate of Texas rounded out the top five placements.

As a contestant in November, Voigt spoke about the importance of her heritage during the final round of questions and answers, when she was asked what she would contribute to the Miss Universe Organization and promised to connect with diverse communities across the United States.

In her statement, Voigt said she was proud of her work with Smile Train, a nonprofit that provides corrective surgery to children with cleft lips and palates, as well as her advocacy for anti-bullying, dating violence prevention and immigration rights and reform.

“Eternal gratitude fills my heart when I think of the platform I was given to make a difference, the feeling of achieving a lifelong dream and connecting with people around the world, just like I said I would on the Miss USA stage. she wrote.

While she is proud of her experience and impact within the organization, Voigt expressed Monday the importance of prioritizing herself as she embarks on this next chapter.

“Make sure you never compromise your physical and mental well-being. Our health is our wealth,” she wrote.

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