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Newly Crowned Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay Admits Using Language "i'm Not Proud Of"

August 1, 2016

Hours after the beauty pageant contestant accepted her crown, the 18-year-old decided to acknowledge some controversial language she used a couple years back.

"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. I admit that I have used language publicly in the past which I am not proud of and that there is no excuse for," she wrote on Instagram. "Through hard work, education and thanks in large part to the sisterhood that I have come to know through pageants, I am proud to say that I am today a better person."

UPDATE: The Miss Universe Organization is standing by their contestant in a new statement.

Get the details here