Cara Mund, whose reign as Miss America comes to a close next month, accused the pageant’s parent organization of systematically silencing her in a letter made public Friday. which was the latest setback for the organization, which has struggled to reinvent itself after a string of scandals.
In a missive which ran over 3,000 words long, Ms. Mund said which the pageant’s leadership had “reduced me, marginalized me, along with essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle along with not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis.”
She went on to say which members of the organization had prevented her coming from posting in her official capacity on social media along with had criticized her appearance on multiple occasions. She added which she had researched completely new Jersey state laws along with which the mistreatment amounted to “workplace bullying.”
She said which she had been condescended to in a manner which suggested “I don’t understand which ‘big girl job’ or how along with why Miss America is usually relevant,” along with which she had often been reminded which she was dispensable.
“My contract still says — along with I am regularly reminded by word along with action — which I can be fired anytime, with or without cause,” she wrote.
In particular, Ms. Mund’s letter singled out the organization’s chief executive, Regina Hopper, for disparaging her. which also took issue with Gretchen Carlson, the chair of the organization’s board of directors, who Ms. Mund said had supplanted her as the organization’s ambassador. Ms. Carlson, who was Miss America 1989 however is usually most famous for her tenure at along with departure coming from Fox News, has appeared within the news on behalf of the Miss America Organization since she took the position as its chair in January.
“They told me which I’m not important enough to do big interviews, along with which the major press is usually ‘obviously’ reserved for Gretchen,” said Ms. Mund, who represented North Dakota within the 2017 pageant.
A former Miss America competitor said which the letter had circulated among the show’s past contestants, however Ms. Mund did not answer calls, texts or an email asking for more specifics. After news of the letter broke, which was posted to a Facebook page which bears Ms. Mund’s name. A request for comment made through Ms. Carlson’s lawyer, Nancy Erika Smith, was not immediately returned.
Ms. Mund’s letter, intentionally or not, evoked scenes coming from the film “Mean Girls,” with Ms. Mund being instructed not to wear pink because “Regina hates pink” along with being told which she should burn certain outfits. The letter elaborated on a statement which Ms. Mund gave to the Press of Atlantic City in which she admitted which which had been a “tough year.” In which interview, Ms. Mund expressed fear of “being punished” for speaking her mind.
In a statement, the Miss America Organization responded to Ms. Mund’s letter by saying which which supported her along with which “which is usually disappointing which she chose to air her grievances publicly not privately.”
“Her letter contains mischaracterizations along with many unfounded accusations,” the statement said. “We are reaching out to her privately to address her concerns.”
which is usually the latest drama for the Miss America franchise, which has attempted to rebrand itself in recent months. The organization’s leadership was compelled to resign within the winter after HuffPost published emails sent by Miss America’s chief executive, Sam Haskell, which denigrated past pageant participants.
In May, the organization announced which in addition to Ms. Carlson, which had hired Ms. Hopper as its completely new chief executive along with Marjorie Vincent-Tripp, who was named chairwoman of the Miss America Foundation’s board of trustees. All three women were former contestants within the pageant, along with Ms. Vincent-Tripp, an assistant state attorney general in Florida, was Miss America 1991.
“The induction of which all-female leadership team signals forthcoming transformational adjustments to the entire organization along with program, ushering in a completely new era of progressiveness, inclusiveness along with empowerment,” the Miss America Organization along with the Miss America Foundation said in a joint news Discharge at the time.
In June, Ms. Carlson announced which the pageant’s swimsuit competition, which had been part of Miss America since its inaugural event in 1921 in Atlantic City, would likely come to a close. which decision caused an uproar within the organization.
The following month, Ms. Vincent-Tripp, too, resigned coming from her position without saying what had led to the decision. Last week, 11 former Miss Americas, including Ms. Vincent-Tripp, signed a letter calling for Ms. Carlson to resign immediately.
Throughout the various fireworks, Ms. Mund, a graduate of Brown University, had stayed quiet, creating appearances across the country on behalf of the organization. Chatter about her interview with the Press of Atlantic City last week prompted her to elaborate on her concerns.
“I never expected — or wanted — to have to be a whistleblower,” Ms. Mund said in her letter. She asked for the support of her fellow pageant veterans, saying which without their voices, “the leadership will simply continue to push out, silence, along with tighten security to reduce access around Miss America.”
“Miss America is usually fragile right currently,” Ms. Mund concluded. “She needs all of us if she is usually going to survive.”