What Miss USA Pageant Queens Have Said So Far amid Stepping Down

Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt and Miss Teen USA 2023 UmaSofia Srivastava resigned within two days of each other

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Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt and Miss Teen USA 2023 UmaSofia Srivastava

Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt and Miss Teen USA 2023 UmaSofia Srivastava this week both made surprise resignation announcements within days of each other.

Citing her mental health, Voigt, 24, announced her decision in an Instagram post on Monday, May 6, writing: "I realize this may come as a large shock to many. Never compromise your physical and mental well-being."

"In life, I strongly value the importance of making decisions that feel best for you and your mental health," she wrote. "My journey as Miss USA has been incredibly meaningful, representing Utah with pride, and later the USA at Miss Universe. Sadly, I have made the very tough decision to resign from the title of Miss USA 2023."

Many on social media, including on TikTok, commented on or reacted to Voigt's post to note that the first letter of each sentence in her statement — except for the last three sentences — appeared to form their own message: "I AM SILENCED."

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It remains unclear if that message was on purpose, and Vogt hasn't said.

The Miss USA organization previously issued a statement thanking Voigt for her service, saying that it respects and supports "Noelia’s decision to step down from her duties."

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Then, just two days later, Srivastava announced her own resignation in a post on Instagram, writing that her “personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization.”

“After months of grappling with this decision, I have made the choice to resign from the title of Miss Teen USA 2023,” she wrote. “I am grateful for all the support from my family, my state directors, my sister queens, and the fans who have cheered me on since I won my state title. I will always look back on my time as Miss NJ Teen USA fondly, and the experience of representing my state as a first generation, Mexican-Indian American at the national level was fulfilling in itself.”

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Shortly after Srivastava's post, the Miss Teen USA organization wished the high school junior well in a post on Instagram and noted that a new title-holder would be announced soon.

“UmaSofia, we are wishing you all the best.❤️ Thank you for your service as Miss Teen USA. 👑 ," the organization wrote. "We respect and support UmaSofia’s decision to step down from her duties. The well-being of our titleholders is a top priority. We are currently reviewing plans for the transition of responsibilities to a successor, and we will soon announce the crowning of the new Miss Teen USA.”

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Hours after the teen made her announcement, she appeared at a philanthropic event and told PEOPLE that her resignation was "definitely not my first choice."

"Unfortunately, I can't say much more at this time. But I would like to say that it's a decision that took a lot of careful thinking — and ultimately, I'm excited to see what's next," Srivastava said at the 25th anniversary gala for Smile Train, which supports free cleft palate surgery for millions of children around the world.

"I'm a junior in high school and I'm gonna be applying to colleges," Srivastava told PEOPLE. "So I'm excited to explore my future and find what makes me [me] again."

Voigt was also in attendance at the event on Wednesday and was seen in close conversation with Srivastava and others at one point.

The 24-year-old woman was among the first to comment on Srivastava’s resignation post.

“I LOVE YOU! So proud of you my angel,” she wrote.

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