From USA Today:
In a five-page letter addressed to “Miss America Sisters” and obtained by USA TODAY on Friday, Cara Mund, Miss America 2018, calls out Miss America CEO Regina Hopper and chair Gretchen Carlson for having “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.” Mund hinted at trouble with the organization earlier this month in an interview with Press of Atlantic City.
Mund says she was forced to stick to specific talking points, was “not important enough” to do big interviews – those were reserved for Carlson, and was told that it was Mund’s fault sponsors dropped the Miss America Organization.
“It is disappointing that she chose to air her grievances publicly not privately. Her letter contains mischaracterizations and many unfounded accusations. We are reaching out to her privately to address her concerns,” says the statement. “The Miss America Organization supports Cara.”
There are examples in Mund’s letter that are reminiscent of the “Mean Girls” movie: Gretchen Carlson and Regina Hopper, like the Gretchen and Regina in the film, criticized Mund’s clothes, mispronounced her name and spread misinformation about her, Mund says.
“The rhetoric about empowering women, and openness and transparency, is great; however, the reality is quite different. I am living that difference,” writes Mund, who adds that her treatment in the organization, which crowned her in Atlantic City, fits the New Jersey definition of “workplace bullying.”