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Mothers of Miss USA and Miss Teen USA speak out after daughters’ resignation – KVNU

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Days after the sudden double firing that rocked the pageant world, the mothers of the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA Pageant winners spoke on behalf of their daughters in a new interview with “Good Morning America.”

“The job of their dreams turned out to be a nightmare,” Barbara Srivastava, whose daughter UmaSofia Srivastava resigned from her role as Miss Teen USA 2023 last week, told “GMA.” “We couldn’t continue this charade. The girls decided to resign, to give up their life dream, a crown, a national title – why would two girls – decide to give that up?”

PHOTO: Miss Teen USA 2023, UmaSofia Srivastava at Nebula Nightclub on February 10, 2024 in New York City.

Miss Teen USA 2023, UmaSofia Srivastava at Nebula Nightclub on February 10, 2024 in New York City.

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The two beauty queens claim that a very ugly work environment has become toxic, but because they are both bound by contracts with confidentiality clauses, their mothers find a platform to give voice to their experiences.

After former Miss USA Noelia Voigt posted about her firing on social media, fans immediately noticed the lettered sentences that read, “I have been silenced.”

PHOTO: Noelia Voigt attends STARZ's Los Angeles premiere "Mary & George" on March 21, 2024 in Los Angeles.

Noelia Voigt attends the Los Angeles premiere of STARZ’s “Mary & George” on March 21, 2024 in Los Angeles.

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“It is and will be for the rest of her life if this NDA (non-disclosure agreement) is not lifted,” her mother Jackeline Voigt told “GMA.” “The girls need to talk.”

Her daughter from Sarasota, Florida denounced Miss USA and its president Laylah Rose, writing in part: “There is a toxic work environment within the Miss USA organization that consists of poor management at best, and bullying and intimidation at worst. ” She added: “I felt unsafe at events without an effective chaperone and this culminated in being sexually harassed.”

Voigt said her daughter received unwanted advances during a Christmas parade.

“I saw Noelia so stressed. And I said, ‘What happened?’ And she said, ‘Mom, get in the car. Get in the car.’ When I got in the car, I say, “What happened,” because I know he said something, but I couldn’t hear it. He said to Noelia, ‘Do you like old men with money,’ and that made Noelia feel very, very uncomfortable,” her mother told “GMA.”

In her letter, Noelia Voigt wrote that Rose’s response was, “We can’t stop people from saying things to you during public appearances,” explaining that it essentially just comes with the territory.

Voigt said her daughter was not told, “I’m sorry you went through that.”

‘After she resigned, Noelia came back home. And it was so beautiful to see her running around my living room with the dogs. I had my Noelia back,” Voigt said. “She was so upset. This is not what she worked so hard for.”

“Then the Miss Universe organization needs to come out and talk to us, or apologize, or clean up this mess,” Voight continued.

PHOTO: Jackeline Voigt and Barbara Srivastava speak with "Good morning America," about their daughter's, broadcast on May 14, 2024.

Jackeline Voigt and Barbara Srivastava speak to ‘Good Morning America’ about their daughter, which aired on May 14, 2024.

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“The crown weighs heavily,” Srivastava said.

She claims that her teenage daughter, who is from New Jersey and currently completing her freshman year of high school, was also bullied by management causing her to miss out on opportunities, while her personal social media was monitored and monitored.

“I want to be clear: it’s not about what they didn’t get, it’s about the prizes. What matters is how they were mistreated, abused, bullied and cornered,” Srivastava said.

Since Noelia Voigt resigned, Srivastava said her daughter knew she had to do the same.

“My personal values ​​were no longer aligned with the direction the organization was taking,” the former Miss Teen USA wrote in her statement on social media.

“Seeing that they were attacking Noelia’s mental health, (UmaSofia) said, ‘I can’t bear this. I have to take on Noelia,” her mother Barbara Srivastava recalled of the alleged catalyst and chain reaction.

The Miss USA organization told ABC News: “We strive to promote a healthy, communicative and supportive environment for all competitors, state titleholders, national titleholders and staff.”

Laylah Rose did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment.

PHOTO: Barbara Srivastava (left) is the mother of former Miss Teen USA 2023 Uma Sofia Srivastava and Jackeline Voigt (right) is the mother of former Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt.

Barbara Srivastava (left) is the mother of former Miss Teen USA 2023 Uma Sofia Srivastava and Jackeline Voigt (right) is the mother of former Miss USA 2023 Noelia Voigt.

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Both mothers say they want Rose to resign, but until then share a warning to future candidates.

“Look what happened to Noelia (and) UmaSofia,” Jackeline Voigt said. “Really pay attention. We don’t want them to experience this. Right now is not the right time to participate.”

When asked if she thinks young women should stop participating in these types of pageants, Voigt said “absolutely.”

“We just don’t want these families and these girls to go through what we’re going through,” she continued.

The CW, which broadcasts the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions, said it is “evaluating” its relationship with the pageants in light of these resignations and allegations.

Noelia and UmaSofia have both written books about their experiences with being bullied during their childhood. They have said they hope to encourage other women to speak out against any form of abuse.

Both of their mothers said the message that comes from all of this transcends the world of spectacle, and they hope their daughters can be an example of staying true to yourself and using your voice, no matter the sacrifice.