Miss USA 2023 Resigns

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In September 2023, after 7 years of pursuing her dream of one day becoming Miss USA, Noelia Voigt’s dream became reality as she was crowed Miss USA 2023.

At the time, Voigt posted several pictures of herself and her reaction to winning on Instagram. She seemed overjoyed and excited. The explained in the caption of the post, “After 7 years of chasing this dream of becoming Miss USA, it finally came true.” She added, “It has been the most heartwarming thing to see so many people who know my story and my journey be so invested and supportive. This is a win for all of us! To think that seven years ago I was just starting my pageant journey and now I am Miss USA 2023. My mind is blown.”

 

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Now, in May 2024, Voigt has changed her mind about winning Miss USA being “a win” at all. In a new Instagram post, she shared a statement she wrote explaining that she has “made the very tough decision to resign from the title of Miss USA 2023.” She explained that she was resigning to prioritize her mental health. In the caption, she added, “I realize this may come as a large shock to many. Never compromise your physical and mental well-being. Our health is our wealth.”

 

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Many of Voigt’s fans and followers are shocked at her news, but her mother is not. In a comment on her post, Voigt’s mother, Jacky Voigt-Briceño, wrote, “As your mother, it has been a huge relief to see my Noelia’s personality restored. We are extremely proud of you for your selflessness in standing up for what is right while also prioritizing what is best for you. I observed how your personality changed and how your light faded. It broke our hearts. We are so happy today to see you being you again.”

What was it about being Miss USA that was damaging to Voigt’s mental health? Watch the video below to hear the thoughts of a former Miss USA employee.

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In response to Voigt’s announcement, the Miss USA organization released a statement that was shared by USA Today. The statement explains, “We respect and support former Miss USA Noelia Voigt’s decision to step down from her duties. 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.”