During the competition that aired on Sunday, Rhode Island’s Olivia Culpo was crowned Miss USA 2012. On Monday, 26-year-old Monnin updated her Facebook status to congratulate her fellow pageant contestants:
I competed honestly and with sincerity the past two weeks, hoping for an honest and sincere result. Congratulations to each of the contestants I’ve become close to. May we all remember that honesty and fair play are qualities we each can bring to the table, nothing else is in our control. Congratulations to my friend Miss Tennessee for making Top 16!!!!!! I’m soooooo happy for you!!!!! ♥ Thank you everyone for your kindness and support.
The mentions of honesty and fair play sound ominous in retrospect. Monnin updated her status again last night and revealed her choice to leave the Miss Universe Organization:
I have decided to resign my position as Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012. Effective immediately I have voluntarily, completely, and utterly removed myself from the Miss Universe Organization. In good conscience I can no longer be affiliated in any way with an organization I consider to be fraudulent, lacking in morals, inconsistent, and in many ways trashy. I do not support this system in any way. In my heart I believe in honesty, fair play, a fair opportunity, and high moral integrity, none of which in my opinion are part of this pageant system any longer. Thank you all for your support and understanding as I walk a road I never dreamed I’d need to walk, as I take a stand I never dreamed I’d need to take. After 10 years of competing in a pageant system I once believed in, I now completely and irrevocably separate myself in every way and on every level from the Miss Universe Organization. I remove my support completely and have turned in the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012.
Of course, everyone and their mother (literally, check the comments) wrote on Monnin’s wall, and she explained the full story behind her resignation. And it’s quite juicy:
Many people have sent me messages requesting and at times demanding that I come forward if I know information that has led to my abrupt and surprising resignation. I agree that it is my moral obligation to state what I witnessed and what I know to be true. I will relay to you the reasoning behind my resignation. I witnessed another contestant who said she saw the list of the Top 5 BEFORE THE SHOW EVER STARTED proceed to call out in order who the Top 5 were before they were announced on stage. Apparently the morning of June 3rd she saw a folder lying open to a page that said ‘FINAL SHOW Telecast, June 3, 2012′ and she saw the places for Top 5 already filled in. Thinking she was just seeing a rehearsal fake top 5 from a previous day she walked away, then realized that it had without a doubt been labeled as the Final Show Telecast, June 3rd. After the Top 16 were called and we were standing backstage she hesitantly said to me and another contestant that she knew who the Top 5 were. I said ‘who do you think they will be?’ She said that she didn’t ‘think’ she ‘knew’ because she saw the list that morning. She relayed whose names were on the list. Then we agreed to wait and see if that was indeed the Top 5 called that night. After it was indeed the Top 5 I knew the show must be rigged; I decided at that moment to distance myself from an organization who did not allow fair play and whose morals did not match my own. That is all I know about this. If this contestant would like to step forward as an eye witness and as being the one who saw the sheet with the Top 5 already selected before the judges ever saw the Top 16, then perhaps action can be taken. As for me, I believe her words and I will not encourage anyone to compete in a system that in my opinion and from what I witnessed is dishonest.
We already had a bad taste in our mouths after the Jenna Talackova controversy, so we’re quite interested to see how Donald Trump handles this one.