New Miss USA crowned amid ongoing turmoil at pageant



In the midst of recent resignations and allegations plaguing the Miss USA organization, Savannah Gankiewicz, originally the first runner-up at the 2023 Miss USA pageant representing Hawaii, has assumed the title of Miss USA.

Expressing her commitment to the role, the 28-year-old stated, “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.” She was crowned by Hawaii’s governor, Josh Green, at a ceremony in Honolulu on May 15.

Addressing the audience, Gankiewicz emphasized her dedication to effecting change, drawing on her background as a certified mental health first aid responder and anti-bullying suicide prevention training. She underscored the importance of well-being and advocacy, aiming to lead by example and empower future participants.

Gankiewicz succeeds Noelia Voigt, who relinquished her crown earlier in the month citing mental health reasons. Voigt, in her resignation letter to the Miss Universe organization, accused CEO Laylah Rose of fostering a “culture of fear and control,” citing instances where she felt unsupported and vulnerable, including an alleged incident of sexual harassment during a Christmas parade event. Following Voigt’s resignation, Miss Teen USA 2023 UmaSofia Srivastava also stepped down, citing a misalignment of values with the organization’s direction.

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