Miss Pennsylvania quits Miss USA after rigging issue
Los Angeles, Calif., United States (4E) – Miss Pennsylvania 2012, Sheena Monnin, resigned via Facebook, declaring the Miss USA pageant was rigged and that it went against her moral principles, E! News reported Tuesday.
“The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania title holder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant,” a representative said in a statement to E! News.
In a lengthy Facebook posting explaining her resignation, Monnin said another contestant saw a list of the competition’s top five beauties even before the show began.
The Miss Universe Organization says otherwise. They said that Monnin’s resignation email said she was quitting because of new rules against transgenders being allowed to participate in the prestigious pageant did not sit well with her.
Her letter to the Miss Universe Foundation, forwarded to the Daily Mail, included the following, “I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against every moral fiber of my being. I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer.”
The 27-year-old beauty urged the Miss USA contestant who saw the winning names beforehand to come forward as an eyewitness.