“After a thorough and extensive investigation, it was found that accusations of rigging of the 2022 Miss USA Pageant were false,” a spokesperson for The Miss Universe Organization, which oversees Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants, said in an Aug. 1 press release. “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.”
So, what’s changed? The scoring system, for one.
“I came in and I wanted to really highlight the delegates as individuals,” Laylah told Insider ahead of the competition, sharing that the interview portion will now make up 50 percent of a contestant’s total score, while the swimsuit and evening-gown rounds make up 25 percent each. “We’re not just parading onstage and we’re not just wearing heels. We’re actually out there supporting our platforms and making waves and breaking glass ceilings in the philanthropy world that we want to be in.”