Miss USA 2023 Announces Title Resignation, Citing Mental Health Struggles

Miss United States Noelia Voigt poses during the The 72nd Miss Universe Competition press junket at Gimnasio Nacional Jose Adolfo Pineda on November 17, 2023 in San Salvador, El Salvador. (Photo by Hector Vivas/Getty Images)

OAN’s Brooke Mallory
1:40 PM – Monday, May 6, 2024

The beautiful and compassionate Miss USA 2023 is officially relinquishing her title.


Noelia Voigt, 24, said on Instagram on May 6th that she is giving up the prestigious title in order to give her mental health more attention.

Voight said, “I realize this may come as a large shock to many. Never compromise your physical and mental well-being.” She also thanked her fans and coaches for their “unwavering support.”

“In life, I strongly value the importance of making decisions that feel best for you and your mental health. As individuals, we grow through experiencing different things in life that lead us to learning more about ourselves. My journey as Miss USA has been incredibly meaningful, representing Utah with pride, and later the USA at Miss Universe. Sadly, I have made the very tough decision to resign from the title of Miss USA 2023,” Voigt posted.

“I am grateful for the love and support of the fans, old and new, my family, my friends, my coaches, former state and local directors, and my darling beloved Miss Teen USA, UmaSofia. Lifelong friendships and connections that I had the opportunity to make along the way while attending different events, and competing at state pageants, Miss USA, and Miss Universe are invaluable things I will be forever grateful for,” she continued.

(Photo via: @noeliavoigt public instagram)

Voigt noted that working with Smile Train and advocating for other causes that deal with dating violence prevention and anti-bullying has been her favorite part of her experience as Miss USA.

She also discussed the implications of being the first Venezuelan-American winner.

“Never could I have imagined the journey that my childhood dream would take me on,” she continued in the text-based photo. “Constant and consistent hard work and dedication all lead me to where I am today, and I hope that over the last seven years of competing in pageantry and sharing my journey with you all is something that inspires you to never give up on your dreams, whatever they may be.”

“Eternal gratitude fills my heart when I think about the platform I was given to make a difference, the feeling of achieving a lifelong dream, and connecting with people all over the world, just as I said I would do on the Miss USA stage,” Voigt added. “Deep down I know that this is just the beginning of a new chapter for me, and my hope is that I continue to inspire others to remain steadfast, prioritize your mental health, advocate for yourself and others by using your voice and never be afraid of what the future holds, even if it feels uncertain.”

Voigt was named the 72nd Miss USA winner in Reno, Nevada, in September 2023. Previously, in 2020, she was crowned Miss Alabama Collegiate before winning the title of Miss USA. She also went on to compete in the Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador.

In her younger years, Voigt studied interior design at the National Design Academy in the UK and the University of Alabama. Additionally, she is the author of a children’s book called “Maddie the Brave” and a qualified esthetician.

*If you or someone you know is struggling with thoughts of suicide, call or text 988 or chat at 988lifeline.org. Free, confidential help is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.*

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