Miss Pennsylvania transphobic?

If every supermodel pageant contestant shouts for “world peace,” that sure isn’t evident based on the example set by the reigning Miss Pennsylvania.

Sheena Monnin, the 27-year-old representative of Pennsylvania in the Miss USA Pageant, has publicly attacked the Miss Universe Organization following her recent resignation as Miss Pennsylvania. Monnin called the pageant and its organizers “fraudulent” and criticized the organization’s morality for supporting transgender contestants.

Reads an email sent by Monnin to the organization Monday morning:

“Randy, I am officially and irrevocably resigning the title of Miss Pennsylvania USA 2012. 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 every moral fiber of my being.”

Monnin has since changed her original claims cited in the email of the organization being immoral by instead zooming-in on new allegations that the pageant was rigged and had already chosen five finalists before the competition had even begun.

While we don’t doubt there are some sketchy behind-the-scenes practices in pageants, it seems fair to say the contest’s organizers were probably better judges of character than Ms. Monnin, considering their list so wisely laid absent of the Pennsylvania sore loser beauty queen.

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This post was written by Brandon Baker, PSEC director of communications and student at Temple University. Brandon can be reached at bbaker@pennsec.org.