Miss Pennsylvania USA resigns Greg Harbaugh/Miss Universe Organization Shocker: Donald Trump has more beauty pageant controversy on his ha...
Miss Pennsylvania USA resigns
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Shocker: Donald Trump has more beauty pageant controversy on his hands.
Sheena Monnin, the reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA, resigned from her post this week, publicly calling the Miss Universe Organization's winner-selection process "fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent and in many ways trashy." She then wrote on Facebook that a fellow contestant saw a list revealing the top five Miss USA finalists before the show took place.
But this isn't the way the Miss Universe Organization views her resignation...
"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," the pageant purveyor said in a statement to E! News.
"In an email to state pageant organizers, she cited the Miss Universe Organization's 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 from Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win."
Culpo, who was just crowned on Sunday, was asked during the competition about the inclusion of transgender contestants, and the 20-year-old apparently pleased the judges with her answer: "I do think that would be fair, but I could understand how people could be apprehensive to take that road...I do accept that because I believe it's a free country."