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Miss Teen USA keeps crown

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/08/2016

LAS VEGAS Aug 1 AP - The new Miss Teen USA will be holding on to her crown despite an outcry over tweets she once wrote using racist language.

The Miss Universe Organization, which owns the Miss Teen USA pageant, has issued a statement chastising Karlie Hay but also "supporting her continued growth".

After she was crowned on Saturday night in Las Vegas, social media users found tweets containing the N-word linked to an account with Hay's name from 2013 and 2014.

Pageant officials, referencing an apology Hay posted to Twitter and Instagram, say the 18-year-old was going through personal struggles and regrets her words.

Meanwhile, the beauty pageant has drawn some funny commentary on Twitter with many musing over the visual similarities between the five finalists.

"spot the difference" wrote @bendykoval, which was uploaded with a photo of identical jars of mayonnaise.

@chrissyteigen wrote: "Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch".

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