On the next day, Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 Sheena Monnin resigns allegedly claiming over fixed pageant and for allowing transgenders to be part of the competition.
MISS UNIVERSE ORGANIZATION STATEMENT
The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania titleholder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant.
In an email to state pageant organizers (below), she cited the Miss Universe Organizations’ policy regarding transgendered contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation.
Today she has changed her story by publicly making false accusations claiming that the pageant was fixed, however the contestant she privately sourced as her
reference has vehemently refuted her most recent claim.
We are disappointed that she would attempt to steal the spotlight form Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-‐deserved Miss USA win.
Copy of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 Resignation email:
Date: June 4, 2012 7:25:59 AM PDT
I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012. 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 ever 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.
I hereby return the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012.
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