Mothers of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA allege abuse

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Comment on the photo, Miss USA 2023 Uma Sofia Srivastava (left) and Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt resigned last week.

The mothers of former Miss USA and Miss Teen USA have spoken out about why their daughters are stepping down from their titles.

“Their dream job turned into a nightmare,” one mother told Good Morning America on Tuesday.

The two pageant queens resigned just one day apart from each other last week.

Their mothers said they spoke on behalf of their daughters bound by non-disclosure agreements (NDAs).

Barbara Srivastava, mother of former Miss Teen USA Uma Sofia Srivastava, was interviewed along with Jacqueline Voigt, mother of former Miss Teen USA Noelia Voigt.

Srivastava told the programme: Their families “cannot continue this charade”.

They claimed their daughters had been subjected to “mistreatment, abuse, intimidation and besiegement”, and demanded an apology from the Miss Universe Organization, which owns Miss USA and Miss Teen USA.

Both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA said last week that they support the two women’s decision to step down and will announce a successor.

The Miss Universe Organization has not addressed the allegations of mistreatment and bullying. The BBC has contacted the organization for comment.

Noelia Voigt was the first to resign on May 6, citing mental health problems.

“Never compromise on your physical and mental health,” the 24-year-old wrote in an Instagram post. “Our health is our wealth.”

Her mother refused to answer whether the encrypted message was intentional, but said she felt the organization silenced her daughter.

She added, “And she will remain that way for the rest of her life if this non-disclosure agreement is not (lifted).”

Noelia Voigt’s resignation came three days after Miss USA social media director Claudia Michele announced her resignation from the brand, citing alleged “toxicity and bullying in the workplace” and saying titleholders “should be heard, not silenced.” “.

Just one day after Noelia Voigt’s exit, Uma Sofia Srivastava resigned from her Miss Teen USA title. The 17-year-old also made the announcement on Instagram, writing that her “personal values ​​no longer fully align” with organizing the pageant.

Uma’s mother Sophia Srivastava said in the interview that her daughter was mistreated by the Miss Universe organization and that her personal social media was monitored.

She said her daughter’s resignation was due to Noelia Voigt’s exit.

Both mothers called for an end to participation in all Miss USA pageants, saying they did not want others to suffer the same abuse their daughters allegedly faced.

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