The Miss Teen USA 2016 pageant was held over the weekend, and Miss Texas Teen USA, Karlie Hay, was crowned the winner. It wasn’t long into Hay’s reign that old tweets she had posted surfaced, showing her using the N-word multiple times.
Screen grabs of Hay’s tweets got passed around the internet, causing an uproar. Many called for her crown to be taken away, but the Miss Universe Organization issued a statement saying they were “supporting her continued growth.”
Hay issued the following statement on Instagram:
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Several years ago, I had many personal struggles and found myself in a place that is not representative of who I am as a person. I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for. Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person. I am honored to hold this title and I will use this platform to promote the values of The Miss Universe Organization, and my own, that recognize the confidence, beauty and perseverance of all women.
Kamie Crawford, former Miss Teen USA 2010, tweeted her feelings about Hay’s surfaced tweets.
The Miss Teen USA 2016 pageant was under fire, before Hay’s tweets surfaced. Twitter called out the pageant for its lack of diversity, after the top 5 was announced.
The outspoken as always Chrissy Teigen was quick to speak up on the matter via twitter.