Karlie Hay, Miss Texas, Miss Teen USA 2016, Winner

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

"The language Karlie Hay used is unacceptable at any age and in no way reflects the values of The Miss Universe Organization. As Karlie stated, she was in a different place in her life and made a serious mistake she regrets and for which she sincerely apologizes," the statement read. "Karlie learned many lessons through those personal struggles that reshaped her life and values. We as an organization are committed to supporting her continued growth."

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The celebration didn't last long for Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay.

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."

She continued, "I am honored to hold this title and I will use this platform to promote the values of The Miss Universe Organization, and my own, that recognize the confidence, beauty and perseverance of all women."

 

This isn't the only controversy facing the pageant this weekend. While the event received plenty of praise for replacing the swimsuit portion with an athletic wear competition, many followers of the show including Chrissy Teigen couldn't help but also focus on the lack of diversity in the final five contestants.

"Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch," the supermodel wrote on Twitter. "It's fiiiiiine. Not their fault. I'm sure they are delightful women. Just funny. I'm not gonna write a think-piece on a damn pageant."

This year's telecast was streamed live on the Internet from The Venetian Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. 

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