Miss Universe Organization and Crystle Stewart end partnership

Former Miss USA Crystle Stewart will no longer be the national director for the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA competitions.

To recall, the Miss Universe Organization gave her a license to run the pageants in 2020 but a suspension occurred in October of last year following rigged allegations that were thrown at the results of Miss USA 2022.

Here's an official press release shared by MUO today:

The Miss Universe Organization today announces a new chapter for the MISS USA and MISS TEEN USA brand and license. MUO, Miss Brand, and former USA national director Crystle Stewart have chosen to end their partnership.

A spokesperson for the organization said: 

The Miss Universe Organization is grateful for the longstanding relationship with Crystle Stewart over the years. As a stakeholder in the Miss USA brand, Crystle and her team enhanced prize packages, increased visibility of titleholders, secured a remarkable location for the Miss USA pageant, and strengthened brand partnerships. Crystle has been a trusted friend of the organization, an exemplary titleholder, and has consistently demonstrated her unwavering dedication and commitment to both the Miss Universe Organization and the Miss USA pageant.  

After a thorough and extensive investigation, it was found that accusations of rigging of the 2022 Miss USA Pageant were false. Sincere gratitude to Crystle and the entire Miss Brand staff and employees for their unwavering cooperation and transparency throughout the entire investigation. Their willingness to provide full assistance and support during that challenging time is a testament to their professionalism and integrity.  

However, after much discussion and consideration, MUO and Crystle were unable to reach an agreement as to Crystle and Miss Brand’s continuing involvement with Miss USA and the Miss Universe Organization.

Crystle has decided to leverage the success she has had with the Miss USA Organization to pursue other entrepreneurial passions. We wish Crystle, and her team at Miss Brand, all the best and have no doubt that she will excel in this next chapter.

Paula Shugart, MUO President, said, "Crystle has been a close part of the Miss Universe family, from her own pageant days through the many challenges of this past year at Miss USA. We appreciate her help in moving us through this tough time, and wish her much luck and success on her future projects. We can’t wait to see what’s next for her and for Miss Brand."

More information from the new USA National Director, including information on this year's program, will be forthcoming shortly.

For additional information on Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, please visit MissUSA.com.

Photos: Crystle Stewart / Instagram

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