New Miss USA Crowned After Previous Winner Resigns

Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel, back to camera, is hugged by other contestants after being crowned Miss Universe at the 71st Miss Universe pageant, in New Orleans on Saturday, Jan. 14, 2023. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

A new Miss USA was crowned this week after the previous winner resigned citing mental health reasons.

“Miss USA 2023 is [Savannah Gankiewicz] from HAWAI’I!” the pageant organization posted on Instagram Thursday. “@Savannahmarai is ready to get to work, with her first stop being on her home island of Maui. Congratulations @savannahmarai, we’re so proud of you!”

“Thank you to @alohilaniresort for hosting and @watanabefloral for this beautiful bouquet,” the post adds, referencing the venue and decor from the “celebratory coronation.”

“I promise to always be transparent with you and to share my experience. I still believe in the Miss USA organization and its future, and my intention is to make positive changes from within and rebuild its legacy,” Gankiewicz wrote in her own Instagram post.

“To the 2024 delegates, I want you to know that the Miss USA title will endure and it will give you the tools to achieve greatness,” her caption reads. “You just have to take [a] leap of faith and believe in yourself.”

Gankiewicz added that she supports the previous pageant winner, and her reason for stepping down.

Read the full story here.