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Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin Quits, Citing Rigged Pageant, Policy on Transgender Contestants: VIDEO

The reigning Miss Pennsylvania USA Sheena Monnin quit the organization this week over its acceptance of transgender contestants but then changed her excuse to charge the pageant with being rigged, E! Online reports:

MonninIn a transcript of the email said to be from Mommim and provided by the Miss Universe Organization, the 27-year-old from Cranberry, Penn., wrote that she refused 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."

Monnin claims on Facebook that she saw a list with the top 5 contestants before the pageant.

The Miss USA Pageant released a statement:

"The Miss Universe Organization can confirm the resignation of the Pennsylvania title holder after she did not place in the Top 16 at the Miss USA pageant," the pageant purveyor said in a statement to E! News.

"In an email to state pageant organizers, she cited the Miss Universe Organization's policy regarding transgendered contestants, implemented two months ago, as the reason for her resignation. 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."

On the Today Show, Donald Trump attacked Monnin and said he would sue her.


UPDATE: GLAAD and the National Center for Transgender Equality have responded to Monnin's resignation.

Said Mara Keisling, President of National Center for Transgender Equality: "As a trans person and a Pennsylvanian, I'm disappointed that the now former Miss Pennsylvania feels such bigotry toward trans people. She says she is upset about a lack of honesty and fair play in the contest, but the real lack of honesty may be her unwillingness to publicly express her apparent transphobia. There is also a real need for allowing honestly by trans women who are being their true selves.”
Said GLAAD President Herndon Graddick: “Sheena Monnin apparently decided to quit, rather than be aligned with an organization that treats all women as women. As more and more Americans get to know transgender people in their communities, in the workplace, and through the media, they are discovering the humanity that society has refused to acknowledge for so long. Monnin is out of touch with fair-minded Americans who believe that trans men and women are worthy of the same dignity, respect, and opportunity as all other men and women."

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  1. I think this chick could use more brow pencil and more eyeshadow!

    Posted by: Oliver | Jun 6, 2012 11:58:45 AM

  2. People care about this?

    She looks like a mean drag queen, and 27 is pretty old for this "pageant." Oh, and it involves Trump, so it's awful.

    Posted by: Paul R | Jun 6, 2012 12:03:54 PM

  3. She must be a "Christian." Maybe she's afraid a transexual would be judged more attractive than she is.

    And Trump is going to sue her? Gets funnier with every line.

    Posted by: Jack M | Jun 6, 2012 12:10:37 PM

  4. Ironic, considering she looks like a draq queen.

    Posted by: Sam | Jun 6, 2012 12:12:42 PM

  5. She use to perform under the stage name of Dixie Normous.

    Posted by: 99% | Jun 6, 2012 12:18:43 PM

  6. I detest all things Trump but I think I'm on his side here. This woman is a sore loser that needs to get a life. The "pageant industry" has run its course and needs to be done away with.

    Posted by: DiatribesAndOvations | Jun 6, 2012 12:22:25 PM

  7. Simply put: sour grapes, but this one is doing all she can to capture the spotlight. Donald Trump & the "Miss Universe Organization" select 10 of the final contestants - the judges scores, 5 and 1 is "America's Looser". The pageant is all about money, she didn't know that when she paid her $1500 to enter the state pageant? Or the # shelled out to compete at Miss USA? Like the "Opposite Marriage" chick, she's doing all she can to get media attention. And as an aside, I don't believe pageants haven't run their course. Miss America contestants tend to be cut from a different cloth, and I will give some of the Miss USA girls their due: there were in that competition Sunday, some incredibly impressive young women.

    Posted by: ThomD | Jun 6, 2012 12:31:25 PM

  8. what a bitter miserable ugly c**t.

    clearly this is one of those dumb@sses that saw Carrie Precum a few years back and decided that when you lose, you can always make an extra buck and prolong your destined-to-die-soon shelf life by courting the anti-LGBT crowd with some publicly-stated B.S.

    moral fibre? integrity? she wouldn't know either if they DP'd her behind a toolshed.

    Posted by: LittleKiwi | Jun 6, 2012 12:36:58 PM

  9. Bitter, party of one.

    Posted by: Jeffrey in St. Louis | Jun 6, 2012 12:39:42 PM

  10. She looks like a Young Anita Bryant

    Posted by: Disgusted American | Jun 6, 2012 12:50:31 PM

  11. LOL.

    I grew up around pageant girls. Imagine a gaggle of Suzanne Sugarbakers and you aren't far off. They were mostly in the Miss America system since unlike the Miss USA contestants, these young women were mostly very talented (singers, instrumentalists, gymnasts, dancers, etc.). There were always rumors of pageants being "rigged". I suspect sometimes it was true. Other times it was just sour grapes.

    What's funny about this is that she was happy to compete last weekend and only resigned after she failed to win. Would she have been morally outraged and resigned if she'd won the big prize? doubtful.

    But ever funnier is that she's talking about her high moral standards after a series of contests that mostly consisted of parading around in front of an audience wearing a bikini and high heels. She's only a baby step away from being a pole dancer in a strip club and she wants to sound like she's Mother Theresa. Having known so many of these young women so long ago, I realize that she probably hasn't a clue how ridiculous she sounds.

    Posted by: Houndentenor | Jun 6, 2012 12:56:15 PM

  12. The Miss USA competition doesn't include a weight-lifting component, does it? Because that's the only thing I can think of that would give transgender competitors an unfair advantage.

    Posted by: Jon | Jun 6, 2012 1:17:18 PM

  13. Takes one to know one.

    Or rather: it takes one who looks like one to know one.

    Posted by: Michael in Toronto | Jun 6, 2012 1:20:47 PM

  14. Don't worry, Ms. Monnin. NOM is going to knock on your door soon enough.

    Posted by: gayalltheway | Jun 6, 2012 1:44:47 PM

  15. Y'know, you gotta love it. The more these anti-LGBT bigots reveal themselves publicly, the more positive media coverage we trans folks get.

    I mean, hell, we even have Donald Trump speaking out for our side now. Who woulda thunk it?

    Posted by: Rebecca Juro | Jun 6, 2012 2:15:41 PM

  16. "only a baby step away from being a pole dancer in a strip club" BAHAHAHAH........

    Posted by: Hmmmmm... | Jun 6, 2012 2:52:08 PM

  17. Why on earth do we still have beauty pageants? Why? They are sexist, objectify women... and why are we still giving pretty people prizes and advantages... don't they already get enough advantages in life? Make a scholarship based on merit, NOT on whether they look hot in a bathing suit. This is 2012, people. Smart people graduate and can't get employed and have insane student debts, but we're giving bimbos who are willing to show skin full scholarships? What is wrong with this world?

    Posted by: GraphicJack | Jun 6, 2012 3:06:55 PM

  18. You only have half the story. She did not resign because of the transgender issue, that is what Trump and the Miss Universe Organization want you to believe to make them look better. The allegations of the pageant being fixed ARE true, and other contestants are going to speak out in support of Sheena Monnin. Stay tuned.

    While I believe prejudice and bigotry should be fought, I really think it's sad the way posters have torn her down and criticized her look and other things without knowing the true story. Makes you kind of realize we're not far off from those who say bad things about all gay people without knowing us...

    Posted by: the truth | Jun 6, 2012 3:13:51 PM

  19. Sweetie, there is a reason you didn't place in the top 16 or're not pretty enough. Plain and simple, Miss USA, unlike Miss America, is about tits and ass...not talent...she's an idiot and she will live forever knowing that a transgender contestant is prettier and more talented than she could ever hope to be.

    Posted by: Nick | Jun 6, 2012 3:43:43 PM

  20. Nick - I think she could slough off all the other well reasoned criticism, but yours would kill her - "you're not pretty enough"! And to whomever said it above, agree it is downright bizarrer to STILL be chasing sashes and tiaras at 27 years old! Does the phrase "get a life" mean anything?

    She's not "ugly" (on the outside) but there's something a little satanic going on with those eyebrows. If I saw her alone, I'd buy her an appletini (or a half dozen) so she could relax her tight ass attitude and maybe cure her of her homophobia in private - put it down as a public service!

    Posted by: marla | Jun 6, 2012 3:50:11 PM

  21. Did a fast google search and THIS is too hilarious not to share ...

    Non finalist ... first runner up ... non finalist .. Texas ... Florida .. Pennsylvania! Have sash, will travel? Face it, girl, you just ain't all that hot!

    Posted by: marla | Jun 6, 2012 4:16:07 PM

  22. Translation: "Them she-males done stole all my make-up secrets!"

    Posted by: Caliban | Jun 6, 2012 4:57:02 PM

  23. Good riddance. Has anyone seen the hideous trump tower in Chicago. It it not very old and looks like an old 80's relic....just like Trumps taste.

    Posted by: Reppin2 | Jun 6, 2012 7:10:59 PM

  24. And the nude photos will be posted in 3...2...1

    Posted by: jim | Jun 6, 2012 7:39:54 PM

  25. Worse case of lack of self-confidence I have seen. She doesn't think she is beautiful enough to compete with a man? So Sad.

    Posted by: Dale | Jun 7, 2012 2:10:10 PM

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