Cara Mund does not believe she is being allowed to fill the shoes of Miss America.
The 2018 pageant winner accused chairwoman Gretchen Carlson, CEO Regina Hopper, and other officials of mistreating her since she was crowned on Sept. 10, 2017.
“Let me be blunt: I strongly believe that my voice is not heard nor wanted by our current leadership; nor do they have any interest in knowing who I am and how my experiences relate to positioning the organization for the future,” Mund said, according to the Associated Press via CNBC.
“Our chair and CEO have systematically silenced me, reduced me, marginalized me, and essentially erased me in my role as Miss America in subtle and not-so-subtle ways on a daily basis,” she added. “After a while, the patterns have clearly emerged, and the sheer accumulation of the disrespect, passive-aggressive behaviour, belittlement, and outright exclusion has taken a serious toll.”
Mund, 24, says the organization has purposefully excluded her from interviews, meetings and significant public announcements.
Carlson has since spoken out about Mund’s allegations, with her taking to Twitter to release a statement.
Her message included: “Actions have consequences. Friday, as an organization, we learned that $75,000 in scholarships which would have been the first scholarship increase in years is no longer on the table as a direct result of the explosive allegations in your letter.
“The impact won’t stop there. We are already seeing a negative ripple effect across the entire organization, and I am so concerned that it will dilute the experience for the next woman selected to wear the crown.”
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