Miss Teen USA winner to keep crown despite racist tweets

  • AP, Las Vegas
  • Updated: Aug 01, 2016 11:00 IST
Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay (2nd L) reacts as Miss USA 2016 Deshauna Barber (L), Miss Teen USA 2015 Katherine Haik (3rd L) and Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach (R) crown Hay Miss Teen USA 2016 during the 2016 Miss Teen USA Competition at The Venetian Las Vegas on July 30, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (AFP Photo)

The new Miss Teen USA will get to keep her crown despite an outcry over tweets she once wrote using racist language.

The Miss Universe Organization, which owns the Miss Teen USA pageant, issued a statement Sunday chastising Karlie Hay’s words but also “supporting her continued growth.”

After she was crowned Saturday night in Las Vegas, social media users found tweets containing the N-word linked to an account with Hay’s name.

A screenshot of the four tweets from 2013 and 2014 has been making the rounds online.

Pageant officials, referencing an apology Hay posted to Twitter and Instagram, say the 18-year-old was going through personal struggles and regrets her words.

Hay, of Tomball, Texas, says she will use her platform to advocate for those affected by drug and alcohol abuse.

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