Miss Hawaii Savannah Gankiewicz Officially Crowned as Miss USA After Winner Noelia Voigt Quit

Miss Hawaii USA Savannah Gankiewicz steps up as the new Miss USA after a wave of resignations highlight mental health and organization misalignment issues.

AceShowbiz - Less than two weeks after former Miss USA Noelia Voigt resigned to prioritize her mental health, Miss Hawaii Savannah Gankiewicz has officially taken over the title. The model and activist was crowned on May 15 in a ceremony broadcast live from Waikiki, Hawaii.

The event, held at Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach, marked a significant moment as Gankiewicz, 28, who was the first runner-up in the 2023 competition, stepped into her new role. She was crowned by Hawaii Governor Dr. Josh Green.

"While this decision was not made lightly, I firmly believe that this opportunity was meant for me, and I am ready to make a positive impact with this organization that I hold dear to my heart," Gankiewicz stated during her acceptance speech.

Voigt's resignation, announced on May 6 via Instagram, focused on the importance of mental health. "Never compromise your physical and mental well-being. Our health is our wealth," Voigt shared. This move was followed by Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava relinquishing her title just days later, citing a misalignment of personal values with the organization's direction.

The Miss USA Organization respected Voigt's decision, emphasizing the wellbeing of their titleholders as a top priority. Gankiewicz expressed her support for Voigt, stating on social media, "I fully support and respect Noelia's decision to step down, and I stand in solidarity with mental health awareness."

Before these resignations, Miss USA's social media director Claudia Michelle stepped down, alleging a decline in Voigt's mental health and disrespect towards Srivastava and her family. Michelle claimed titleholders were stifled by restrictive social media guidelines and experienced workplace toxicity. In response, the organization denied these "false accusations" but committed to a safe and supportive environment.

Gankiewicz pledged to work hard for the organization, stating, "I empathize with the former titleholders, but I took this as a job and responsibility to really help make a positive impact in this organization that I truly believe in." Her background as a certified mental health first aid responder adds weight to her role in advocating for mental health awareness.

Meanwhile, the mothers of Voigt and Srivastava have voiced their concerns, alleging sexual harassment and bullying within the pageant system. "The job of their dreams turned out to be a nightmare," claimed Barbara Srivastava. The organization responded by reiterating its commitment to a healthy and supportive environment for all contestants and titleholders.

As the 2024 Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants approach, the organization looks to move forward, ensuring a seamless and positive transition for the new delegates. Gankiewicz vowed, "I pledge my wholehearted support to the new delegates who have dedicated themselves to their state pageants, and I am committed to ensuring a seamless and memorable transition between Miss USA titleholders."

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