June 6th, 2012
09:36 AM ET

Did Miss Pennsylvania quit because pageant rigged, or she opposed transgender entries?

Miss Pennsylvania says she has given up her state crown because the Miss USA pageant was fixed, but organizers say an e-mail she sent this week shows she quit because of her disapproval over allowing transgender participants.

"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," Sheena Monnin wrote on her Facbeook page Tuesday.

"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."

Monnin said she waited to see how things would play out.

"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," she wrote on Facebook.

But the Miss Universe Organization said that while Monnin did resign following Sunday night's pageant, her description of the events and why she quit is false.

"The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania titleholder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant. In an e-mail to state pageant organizers (below), she cited the Miss Universe Organization’s policy regarding transgendered contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation," the organization said in a statement. "Today she has changed her story by publicly making false accusations claiming that the pageant was fixed; however, the contestant she privately sourced as her reference has vehemently refuted her most recent claim.

"We are disappointed that she would attempt to steal the spotlight from Olivia Culpo of Rhode Island on her well-deserved Miss USA win."

According to the e-mail released by the Miss Universe organization, Monnin sent her resignation after 4 p.m. ET Monday before writing on her Facbeook page, saying the organization had strayed by allowing transgender participants in the pageant.

"I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012," the e-mail released by Miss Universe said. "I refuse to be part of a pageant system that has so far and so completely removed itself from its foundational principles as to allow and support natural born males to compete in it. This goes against ever moral fiber of my being.  I believe in integrity, high moral character, and fair play, none of which are part of this system any longer.

"I hereby return the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012."

Monnin hasn't commented on the release of the e-mail.

The topic of whether transgender participants should be allowed in pageants entered the spotlight after a controversy in the Canadian version of the pageant. Jenna Talackova, 23, forced Donald Trump and his Miss Universe Canada pageant to end its ban on transgender contestants. Talackova fell short of the national title at the pageant.

And in Sunday's Miss USA pageant, the topic surfaced in the question-and-answer part of the show when Rob Kardashian read aloud a question sent in by a viewer via Twitter for Culpo, Miss Rhode Island and the eventual pageant winner.

"Would you feel it would be fair that a transgender woman wins the Miss USA title over a natural-born woman?" the question asked.

Culpo quickly embraced the Miss Universe decision to allow transgender women but also acknowledged why some people may not feel comfortable with it.

"I do think that that would be fair, but I can understand that people would be a little apprehensive to take that road because there is a tradition of natural-born women, but today where there are so many surgeries and so many people out there who have a need to change for a happier life, I do accept that because I believe it's a free country," Culpo said.

soundoff (312 Responses)
  1. Born Female

    Transgender should not be allowed to compete in pagents made for born females.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Smako

    It's a meat inspection. If it wasn't they wouldn't parade around in dry swimsuits. We would see their swimming ability instead of their challenged intelligence quotient. Sure, it could be rigged, especially if the trans gender with the huge Adams apple and hands wins.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Kewpie

    Beauty pageants are so silly.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zaggs

    My question is, why allow for plastic surgery in a beauty contest at all? If you allow transgender participants you're basically saying "Hey, whom ever lets a surgeon completely remakes their body the best wins!". If its a "beauty" contest than it should be about natural beauty only.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. AlongTheWay

    Shouldd be just as strange and outrageous as a guy who seriously wants to be a girl scout or a Miss America.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. marragor

    Trump is an equal opportunity pimp.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Trump is another fithier than rich guy that gets whatever he wants, no matter what.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. WillH85

    As much as I think these pageants are shallow, I would understand her quitting over them allowing "transgendered" people to compete. These pageants are for women, not men who are mixed up in the head and decide to go have their bodies surgically butchered and then expect people to consider them women.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      But if they are held to female standards, they certainly can't be said to have enjoy an unfair advantage.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Les

      Some people here are total intellectual wastes. I am surprised by how little folks actually know about the transgender issue. Chromosomes hold the key and the wrong gonads are, in essence, a birth defect. Even the brain functions reveal that these folks are really the opposite of their plumbing. Read a little and quit living with total ignorance. It makes you look like a fool.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  8. clark1v

    in one statement she states her reason generically as "lack of morals" ... in the other she is specific and states exactly what actions and policies are immoral ... seems to me she is being very consistent.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. t3chsupport

    Foundational principles? Morals? What?

    Woman, you are a piece of meat and nothing more, just like the rest of the meat up there on stage. Models know this, why don't pageant people know this? You are meat to hang clothing on and dance around and entertain men. That's the entire point, nothing more, and that's what the point has always been.

    I would think it pretty funny though if these girls feel threatened that natural born males will be more beautiful and more entertaining than them, though.

    Seriously, it's like going to a stock show, and being mad that a heifer wins instead of a steer. Yeah, maybe it was a steer class, but it's still beef and just as much of it when you grind it up. These girls are delusional if they think they're doing something honorable or good or useful, or anything that's going to change the world in any way.

    Props aren't supposed to talk. Get up there, be meat, entertain the menfolk, and get on with your life. NONE of this is real.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dizzy Buzz

      Meat puppets.
      Warning – may contain plastic inserts unsuitable for human consumption.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Frank

    This (the acceptance of a she male into the pageant) is just one more example of having all this LGBT crap shoved in the faces of everyone whether they like it or not. It's one more reason to prevent gay marriage. I'm sick to death of this crap.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mary

      Totally, I agree and am sick of it all to.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy¬©

      Perhaps if the LGBT community had exactly the same rights afforded to heteos under the consti tution, they might not have anything left to say.
      Until then, ANY person who is being discriminated against should be able to speak out against it.

      June 6, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. please

    Trump politically plays to the extreme right wing, then runs a pageant that runs exactly contrary to that extreme right wings core beliefs.

    That's about all we needed to know about Trumps "birther" nonsense.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Red1871

    Good for her, either way stan dup for what you believe.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Trent

    Born naturally stupid but adding enhancements of bigotry still enables someone to compete.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. AJ

    It's mostly a bunch of bimbos straddling their wares and their vanity. Can't believe I've just wasted two minutes of my life commenting on that!!

    June 6, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ally

    I thought a rule of the Miss USA pageant was that all contestents must be 100% natural. No cosmetic surgeries or enhancements to change what they were born with besides makeup. Has this transgendered contestant had no surgeries or any enhancements to alter her/his appearance?

    If not I don't see a problem. If so I call foul, because all contestants should be bound by the same rules.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Anon

      That is a valid criticism.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
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