Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 Sheena Monnin resigns over alleged fraud during Miss USA 2012 contest

By on Jun 6, 2012 in Lifestyle, United States Comments

Updated: June 6, 2012 3:20 p.m.

Read Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 resigns, Miss Universe Organization denies Sheena Monnin’s allegations of fraud

Sheena Monnin, who won as Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012 last December 2011, announced on her official Facebook page on Tuesday, June 5, 2012 that she is resigning from her post, and later claimed that there was a ‘fraud’ in the recent Miss USA 2012 beauty contest.



Miss Pennsylvania 2012 Sheena Monnin
Image Credit: Sheena Monnin Facebook

“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.” Sheena Monnin wrote on her Facebook page.

“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. I remove my support completely and have turned in the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012.” Monnin added, who also thanked all her supporters.

After around 12 hours later, the 27-year old beauty queen, standing at 5’8″, updated her Facebook page and explained further her reason of resigning as Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012, which a portion of it can read below.

“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.”

On the other hand, the Miss Universe Organization reportedly denied Monnin‘s allegations saying that she told them that she resigned because of the their new policy regarding transgendered contestants, which was implemented two months ago during the height of controversy about transgender beauty Jenna Talackova.

Meanwhile, Miss USA 2012 winner Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island, who won last Sunday, was asked via a “special” question submitted by fans via Twitter, if she thinks if it would be fair if a transgender contestant to win the Miss USA title, and she said “yes”.



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