The newly-crowned Miss Teen USA admitted using racial slurs in her past after social media posts content the “n-word” were found and reported after Karlie Hay won the title on Saturday night. She tweeted that the messages were from another time in her life, and said Tuesday on Good Morning America that she wanted to keep her crown and use the publicity to bring a better message to the world.
“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,” Hay tweeted. “I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for” said another tweet.
The social media posts created by Hay, now 18, were published by the Dallas Morning News and other outlets showing that she used the word in 2013 and 2014. Some called for her to lose her crown, but the Miss Universe Organization said that it would support Hay’s “continued growth.” Hay graduated from high school this year in Tomball, Texas, where she was a cheerleader and honor roll student.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) August 2, 2016
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