Miss America Cara Mund had some ugly issues to say about her prime handlers Friday, together with that they bullied and muzzled her — and didn’t even let her put on pink.
In a shocking letter addressed to her “Miss America Sisters,” Mund, 24, accused board Chairwoman Gretchen Carlson and group CEO Regina Hopper of getting “silenced me, lowered me, marginalized me and basically erased me in my function as Miss America.”
The previous Miss North Dakota mentioned she was locked in a backroom catfight with the ladies from the beginning.
Referring to Carlson’s previous because the crown winner in 1989, Mund wrote, “Immediately, new management delivered an essential message: There’ll solely be one Miss America at a time, and he or she isn’t me.
“To bolster this, they instructed me that I’m not essential sufficient to do large interviews, and that the main press is ‘clearly’ reserved for Gretchen,” Mund mentioned.
The 2018 pageant winner mentioned that when she hinted at her bitter true emotions in a newspaper interview final month, calling it “a tricky 12 months,” she was instantly retaliated in opposition to — by having her look at subsequent month’s pageant reduce to 30 seconds.
“I haven’t felt like Miss America for the final eight months, and now, they’re even taking away my goodbye,” Mund mentioned.
She added that she was even lambasted for daring to put on outfits “too many instances.”
“My tour supervisor would come into my resort room and select the garments I used to be allowed to put on, saying issues like, ‘Regina actually likes this one’ or ‘You possibly can’t put on pink. Regina hates pink,’” Mund wrote.
“Throughout a photograph shoot this 12 months, Regina regarded on the Karl Lagerfeld gown I used to be sporting and mentioned, ‘Yuck. It’s best to burn that. Don’t ever put on that once more.’”
The Miss America Group mentioned in an announcement, “It’s disappointing that she selected to air her grievances publicly not privately. Her letter comprises mischaracterizations and lots of unfounded accusations. We’re reaching out to her privately to handle her issues. The Miss America Group helps Cara.”
Neither Mund, Carlson nor Hopper returned cellphone calls from The Submit in search of remark.