Not long after being crowned Miss Teen USA, Karlie Hay of Texas got her first introduction to stardom.
Right after being crowned on Saturday night, Twitter trolls were ready to come for Hay. Her tweets from 2013 and 2014 were brought to surface, which revealed repeated accounts of racial slurs.
Twitter users took screen grabs from what appeared to be her account and reposted them. However, the authenticity of that Twitter account has yet to be verified and the tweets from that account have been made private.
Hay, 18, responded to the accusations on the internet Sunday, but did not apologize directly in reference to the alleged use of the N-word.
"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," the statement read in both her Instagram and Twitter accounts.
Kamie Crawford, a former and Miss Teen USA winner, and cast on F in Fabulous, a BET series, was quick to offer her response on CNN; she suggested that Hay be uncrowned and the first runner up take her place, because winners of the pageant need to be OK with interfacing with those that don't look like them with a level of sensitivity.
Not long after the tweets surfaced Kamie took to Twitter where she offered her advice:
On top of this, the pageant community had already come under fierce criticism for its lack of diversity. This year’s top five contestants were all white, blond-haired and blue-eyed.