The pageant, which is owned by Donald Trump, is normally held in Las Vegas in April. However, due to conflicts the pageant itself was moved to June.
This made it difficult for several state titleholders, including Maine’s Emily Johnson. She has ultimately decided that her conflicting matter is more important than competing for the title of Miss USA and will be resigning as Miss Maine USA.
Although the beauty queen does get to keep her glistening crown, she is being forced to hand over her title, all appearances and prizes.
Ashley Marble, first runner-up in the state pageant, now has the golden ticket to Las Vegas and is the newly crowned Miss Maine USA. She will compete on the stage in the Miss USA phases of competition, as former Miss Main, Emily Johnson attends her sisters wedding.
I was a bit shocked to see this headline on my newsfeed today. As a former pageant state titleholder, it is something I lived and breathed for throughout my childhood and teenage years.
However, much like Emily Johnson, I do not think I could ever lose sight of what the more important things in life are. Family definitely falls in the “most” important category for me and no title would be worth missing my own sister’s wedding.
I am sure there are some people out there that feel differently. However, I feel that it is a shame Johnson is receiving criticism for withdrawing herself from the national pageant because of family conflictions.
These girls have a great deal of influence on young girls in society today and I feel as if Emily Johnson has set one of the best examples yet, by emphasizing the importance of family.
How do you feel about Miss Maine USA’s decision to withdraw herself from the national pageant in Las Vegas?