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The Internet Is Not Happy With Miss Teen USA

The Internet Is Not Happy With Miss Teen USA

The Miss Teen USA pageant crowned its winner, Karlie Hay, last night and people are pretty outraged. Not only with Hay herself (more on that in a minute) but with the competition's top five finalists. Each young lady (from Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, and Nevada) look eerily similar with white skin, blond hair, and light eyes. And not one single woman of color.

This prompted Twitter to explode with comments about the lack of diversity in the competition. Even Chrissy Teigen tweeted a photo of the final five Miss Teen USA hopefuls saying, "Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch" and was she met by angry and disappointed tweets in agreement.


These are your TOP 5 #MissTeenUSA contestants!

A photo posted by Karlie Hay (@missteenusa) on

She clarified later, "It's fiiiiiine. Not their fault. I'm sure they are delightful women. Just funny. I'm not gonna write a think piece on a damn pageant."

Maybe Teigen didn't want to start a social media war, but other Twitter users have chimed in too:

The Miss Teen USA competition made strides this year by getting rid of the swimsuit portion of the competition and replacing it with an athletic wear competition in an effort to help boost the competitors' and the viewers' confidence and encourage equality.

But Hay, the Miss Teen USA winner who was crowned last night, has found herself dealing with her own Twitter drama. Old tweets from 2013 and 2014 have surfaced in which she used the N-word quite frequently, and now she's facing the heat. Since the tweets came to light, she's publicly apologized for her conduct, stating:

"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 haveused 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 tothe 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."

The Miss Teen USA organization has yet to comment, but we'll update this post with new information as we receive it.

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