Karlie Hay, who was crowned Miss Teen USA on July 30 , reportedly used the N-word several times on Twitter in 2013 and 2014.
According to Mic.com, Twitter users scoured the social media site and found these instances on Hay's old account @haaykarrls:
my n----- my n-----.
Watching taken without my n------ .... Feel special b----.
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I know I'm a comedian n-------.
[D]on't threaten me I will wrap your house n-------.
New York Magazine's The Cut notes that Hay responded to the news on July 31 on her new Twitter page @RealMissTXteen:
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...
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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...
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.
The Miss Universe Organization, which owns Miss Teen USA, said in an email to The New York Times:
The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of The Miss Universe Organization. As Karlie stated, she was in a different place in her life and made a serious mistake she regrets and for which she sincerely apologizes. Karlie learned many lessons through those personal struggles that reshaped her life and values.
There was no mention of Hay losing her crown, but the newspaper notes other reports have said she will be allowed to keep it.
There was more social media criticism because the top five contestants in the Miss Teen USA pageant were white and blondish.