By Brent Furdyk. Hours after being crowned Miss Teen USA last night, pageant winner Karlie Hay was caught up in a scandal after tweets she issued a few years ago resurfaced, revealing her liberal use of the N-word on social media. Without directly referencing the scandal, Hay took to Instagram to offer up an explanation that stopped short of an actual apology. 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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Miss Teen USA's racist tweets isn't the pageant's first scandal
For the first time in nearly a century, Miss America contestants will not strut onstage in swimsuits this year, the organizers announced on Tuesday, as the pageant tries to redefine its role in an era of female empowerment and gender equality. Miss America and swimsuits have been synonymous since its first contest in on the Atlantic City boardwalk. Now under mostly female leadership, the Miss America Organization said Tuesday that it was scrapping the swimsuit competition, starting at the national contest in September, in a sweeping change that will also reshape local and state contests. The organization, confronting its own harassment scandal and searching for its place in the MeToo era, had worked on the new format for several months. The nine members of the board of directors — seven are now women — unanimously approved the change in March. It was kept a secret until two days ago, when state directors and former Miss Americas were informed.
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From cheating rumors to nude-photo pasts, pageant winners are sometimes stripped of their titles. She was accused by the pageant's director, Grant Gravitt Jr. However, Davila's lawyers argue that the photo was taken a week before the pageant and their client did not cheat.
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