A few days after several Miss USA 2022 contestants made public claims about the beauty pageant being rigged, the Miss Universe organization recently shared a statement addressing the rumors.
The allegation began when Miss Texas R’Bonney Gabriel was announced as the new Miss USA in a pageant held on Monday, October 3.
The company published an Instagram story five days after the end, accepting and encouraging women to raise their voice to express their thoughts and experiences.
“We are aware of the concerns that have been brought up by this year’s Miss USA contestants. We commend the women for bringing these issues to our attention and will continue to be an organization that encourages women to use their voices,” read the post.
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The institute followed up by saying that the situation is now being analyzed.
“There are existing systems in place to ensure the integrity of our national competitions and as such we have begun an active review of this situation,” the organization shared in the same Instagram story.
In the past two days, Miss Montana Heather Lee O’Keefe has been sharing her experience in the pageant on social media, saying that the page is rigged.
In a series of TikTok videos, Heather (@heatherleeokeefe) presents various situations regarding Miss USA’s actions that she considers suspicious.
“The match started when one of the big sponsors posted a video almost immediately after [Gabriel] winner, who showed up at their resort having this fun vacation, which should be part of the Miss USA prize package,” the woman said in a clip. “It is clear that this video has already been recorded and has been published. there about nine weeks ago for this experience.”
The Miss USA Organization had not commented further on the allegations as of Friday afternoon.