Noelia Voigt, a 23-year-old interior design student and a published children's book author from Park City, Utah was crowned Miss USA 2023 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on September 29, 2023. Voight's victory marks the second time Utah has won the coveted title, which does not count Charlotte Sheffield's promotion to Miss USA 1957 after the original winner, Leona Gage of Maryland, was dethroned for being married with children. In 1960, Utah's Linda Bement won Miss USA and was crowned later as Miss Universe. Voigt also makes history by being the first Venezuelan-American to win the title.
Voigt's court includes 1st runner-up Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii, 2nd runner-up Alexis Loomans of Wisconsin, 3rd runner-up Jasmine Daniels of Pennsylvania and 4th runner-up Lluvia Alzate of Texas.
Special awards were given to the following: Jordan Naylor of Alaska (Miss Congeniality); Annika Sharma of Massachusetts (Miss Photogenic); Savannah Gankiewicz of Hawaii (Best State Costume, Best in Interview); Lluvia Alzate of Texas (Best in Swimwear); and Sydney Russell of Mississippi (Impact Award).
I do share the sentiment of many fans who think that eliminating fifteen girls after the evening gown competition was rather drastic. In 2022, there were 16 semifinalists who were reduced to 12, then to the final 5 - which was ideal because it elevated the level of suspense. I would have preferred a 20-10-5 format because it's traditional and more climactic. But at the end of the day, I guess it doesn't matter what the format is as long as the the judges pick a great winner. And they did.
In my stories of my Instagram account @criticalbeautyofficial, I took two polls following the telecast. In the first poll, I asked my followers if they like the new Miss USA, Noelia Voigt. A whopping 86% of them said yes. In the second poll, I asked my followers how they would rate the show from paired scales: 1 - 4 (low to below average), 5 - 6 (average, slightly above average), 7 - 8 (above average), 9 - 10 (very good, outstanding). As you can see from the results below, the combined percentage of scales 7 - 8 and 9 - 10 added up to 79% - which means that a good majority of my followers liked the show. Surely, you cannot please everyone, but there is always room for improvement and I am convinced that Laylah Rose, a reasonable and approachable leader, will welcome any constructive critiques to make the next edition bigger, brighter and better. For the time being, let's embrace our new Miss USA and let's support Laylah in her mission to transform young women into formidable forces for good. #thedefinitionofpageantry