“This could be a big shock.”

“This could be a big shock.”
“This could be a big shock.”

By Becca Wood — Today

Miss USA 2023 renounces the crown.

Noelia Voigt, 24, announced this Monday, May 6, in an Instagram post that she is giving up the coveted title to focus on her mental health.

Voigt shared a long message with the following caption: “I am aware that this may come as a great ‘shock’ to many. Never compromise your physical and mental well-being.” He then thanked those present for their “unwavering support.”

Noelia Voigt crowned Miss USA 2023 at the Grand Sierra Resort, September 29, 2023.Chelsea Lauren / Shutterstock for Miss USA

“In life I highly value the importance of making decisions that are best for you and your mental health. As individuals, we grow through experiencing different things that lead us to learn more about ourselves. My journey as Miss USA has been incredibly significant, proudly representing Utah, and later the United States at Miss Universe, I have unfortunately made the very difficult decision to relinquish the title of Miss USA 2023.”

“I am grateful for the love and support from fans old and new, my family, my friends, my coaches, former state and local directors, and my beloved Miss Teen USA, UmaSofia. The lifelong friendships and connections that I had the opportunity to do along the way while attending different events, and competing in state pageants, Miss USA and Miss Universe are very valuable things that I will always be grateful for,” she continued.

Voigt wrote that her favorite part of her experience as Miss USA has been working with Smile Train and being an advocate for causes such as anti-bullying, gender-based violence prevention, and immigrant rights. She also touched on her impact as the first Venezuelan-American woman to win the title.

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“I could never have imagined the journey my childhood dream would take me on,” the caption photo continues. “I hope that these seven years competing in show business and sharing my life with all of you serve as an inspiration to never give up on your dreams, whatever they may be.”

“Eternal gratitude fills my heart when I think of the platform I have been given to make a difference, the feeling of achieving a lifelong dream and connecting with people around the world, just as I said I would do on stage of Miss USA,” Voigt added. “In the background, I know this is just the beginning of a new chapter for meand my hope is to continue inspiring others to stand strong, prioritize their mental health, advocate for themselves and others using their voice, and never be afraid of what the future holds, even if it looks uncertain.”

Today has reached out to the Miss USA pageant for comment but has not received a response at the time of publication.

Voigt was crowned Miss USA in September 2023, making history as the first Venezuelan-American to hold the title.

Before earning the award, Voigt attended the University of Alabama and the United Kingdom’s National Academy of Design, where she studied interior design. She is also a licensed esthetician and the author of a children’s book titled ‘Maddie the Brave’.

Before winning the title of Miss USA, she was crowned Miss Alabama Collegiate in 2020. After that victory, she was first runner-up in Miss Alabama USA for two consecutive years, in 2022 and 2023.

In November 2023, she represented the United States in the Miss Universe 2023 pageant, held in El Salvador.

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