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Miss USA Noelia Voigt resigns after seven months due to psychological problems

Miss USA Noelia Voigt resigns after seven months due to psychological problems

Pageant queen Noelia Voigt has resigned as Miss USA after just seven months in an effort to prioritize her mental health.

The 24-year-old model won the annual beauty pageant as Miss Utah last year, before representing the United States in the Miss Universe competition in November.

On Monday (May 6), Voigt shared the news of her firing with her fans and followers via a text message on social media.

“In life, I strongly value the importance of making decisions that are best for you and your mental health,” her statement begins.

“As individuals, we grow by experiencing different things in life that lead us to learn more about ourselves.

“My journey as Miss USA has been incredibly meaningful, proudly representing Utah and later the USA at Miss Universe.

“Unfortunately, I have made the very difficult decision to relinquish the title of Miss USA 2023.”

Voigt goes on to note her moments of pride during her seven-month reign as Miss USA, including advocating for anti-bullying programs and partnering with the left-wing palette correction charity Smile Train.

Noelia Voigt, Miss USA 2023 (Getty Images)Noelia Voigt, Miss USA 2023 (Getty Images)

Noelia Voigt, Miss USA 2023 (Getty Images)

She also noted her gratitude for being able to shed light “on my roots as the first Venezuelan-American woman to win Miss USA.”

“I could never have imagined the journey I would take in my childhood dream,” Voigt continues.

“Constant and consistent hard work and dedication have all gotten me to where I am today, and I hope that these past seven years of competing in pageantry and sharing my journey with you all is something that inspires you to never give up on your dreams to give. whatever they may be.”

She concluded her message with the hope that others will “stay steadfast, prioritize your mental health, stand up for yourself and others by using your voice, and never fear what the future holds, even when it feels uncertain.”

In a statement to NBC News, pageant organizers said they accepted Voigt’s decision to resign.

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

Noelia Voigt at Miss Universe 2023 (Getty Images)Noelia Voigt at Miss Universe 2023 (Getty Images)

Noelia Voigt at Miss Universe 2023 (Getty Images)

In 2022, the pageant community was devastated by the suicide of Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst, who died at the age of 30 in New York City.

At the time, the Miss Universe and Miss USA organizations described her as “one of the smartest, warmest and most kind people we have ever had the pleasure of knowing.”

“Our entire community mourns her loss, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this difficult time,” the statement said.

If you are affected by this article, please contact the following organizations for support: actiononaddiction.org.uk, mind.org.uk, nhs.uk/livewell/mentalhealth, mentalhealth.org.uk.