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Miss Teen USA Keeps Crown Despite Racist Tweets



The new Miss Teen USA has been forced to apologise
over racist tweets from her past just days after being
crowned.

Karlie Hay won the pageant on Saturday but social media
users quickly discovered an account under her name that
featured tweets with the N-word from 2013 and 2014.
Pageant officials moved into damage control mode,
saying in a statement that her language was
"unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the
values of The Miss Universe Organisation".

They said the 18-year-old had been "in a different place
in her life" when she posted the tweets.
"Karlie learned many lessons through those personal
struggles that reshaped her life and values.
"We as an organisation are committed to supporting her
continued growth."
Hay posted an apology on Twitter and Instagram, saying
she had used language that "is not representative of who
I am as a person".
It is understood that Hay, of Tomball, Texas, will be
allowed to keep her crown.

The pageant was owned by NBC Universal and the
Republican Party's presidential nominee Donald Trump
until Mr Trump made anti-immigrant remarks last year.
NBC and Spanish-language network Univision
then refused to broadcast the show.
Mr Trump bought NBC's stake and in September he sold
the whole pageant to talent agency WME/IMG.
Miss Teen USA also faced accusations of a lack of
diversity after posting an image of the top five
contestants on Twitter.
All five are white, with long blonde hair and light-
coloured eyes.
Model Chrissy Teigen replied: "Wow how can we choose
from such a diverse bunch."

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