Miss Teen USA Slammed Over Crowned Winner And Lack Of Diversity

Posted: Aug 1 2016, 8:30am CDT | by , in News | Latest Celebrity News


Miss Teen USA Slammed Over Crowned Winner and Lack of Diversity
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Miss Teen USA winner called out for using inappropriate language on top of lack of diversity among the finalists of the competition.

Held under the Miss Universe Organization, the beauty pageant representing the young women of USA, Miss Teen USA successfully terminated the swimsuit part of the competition.

However, that was not the end of the problems for the organization. The finalists of the pageant provoked the sensibilities of a lot of people. The five finalists including, Miss Texas Karlie Hay, Miss South Carolina Marley Stokes, Miss North Carolina Emily Wakeman, Miss Alabama Erin Snow and Miss Nevada Carissa Morrow; had some things in common.

They could all be called Southern Belles with their tanned white skins, their bright blue eyes and their shiny blonde hair. The lack of diversity among the finalists was hard to miss. Many pointed out the obvious on social media including Twitter and Instagram.

Chrissy Tiegen was among the celebrities who called out to the pageant for their biased judgement in the selection of the finalists. She tweeted, ‘Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch?’ to show her disappointment for the final choice for the pageant. 

From the diversity lacking bunch, Karlie Hay, 18, from Texas was crowned Miss Teen USA. Her moments of celebration were short lived as her past caught up to her. Many people pointed out that Karlie had previously used inappropriate slurs in her tweets.

Among them was also the ‘N’ word. Many people demanded that the crown be taken from her as they shared pictures of tweets from what was supposedly Karlie’s Twitter account. The account has been locked down. 

Karlie has made an official apology in general, not specifying what she was apologizing for. In her statement she said that she admits that she has used language publicly in the past which she is not proud of and that there is no excuse for.

She added that through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that she has come to know through pageants, she is proud to say that today she is a better person.

She is honored to hold the title and she will use the platform to promote the values of the Miss Universe Organization, and her own, that recognize the confidence, beauty and perseverance of all women. 

Miss Universe Organization supported Miss Hay, but also called her inappropriate use of words unacceptable in a statement given on Monday which also stated that the language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of The Miss Universe Organization.

Sources: CNN, E! News, Telegraph

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