Karlie Hay
Karlie Denise Hay

(1997-12-12) December 12, 1997 (age 24)
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Beauty pageant titleholder
TitleMiss Texas Teen USA 2016
Miss Teen USA 2016
Hair colorBlonde
Eye colorBlue
Miss Texas Teen USA 2016
Miss Teen USA 2016

Karlie Denise Hay (born December 12, 1997) is an American model and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Teen USA 2016. She is the first Texan to win the crown since 2011.

Early life

Hay was born on December 12, 1997, in Tomball, Texas. As a child, some of her family members dealt with alcoholism and substance abuse.[1][2][3] She graduated from Tomball High School in 2016, where she was a cheerleader.[2] Prior to winning Miss Teen USA, Hay was planning on attending Texas A&M University to study business.[1]


Miss Texas Teen USA 2016

Hay represented Kemah in the Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 pageant. On November 29, 2015, she was crowned the winner by outgoing titleholder Chloe Kembel, beating out first runner-up Thekla McCarthy of La Grange.[4]

Miss Teen USA 2016

On July 30, 2016, Hay was crowned Miss Teen USA 2016 by outgoing titleholder Katherine Haik. She beat out first runner-up Emily Wakeman of North Carolina.[1][3][5][6]


Almost immediately following Hay's crowning as Miss Teen USA 2016, screenshots of her Twitter account dating from 2013 and 2014 were released with Hay repeatedly using the words "nigga" and "nigger". This sparked outrage amongst fans, who accused Hay of racism. Miss Teen USA 2010 Kamie Crawford condemned Hay for not cleaning up her Twitter account prior to becoming a public figure.[7][8] Hay went on to apologize on her Twitter account for what she calls language that she's "not proud of and that there is no excuse for."[9][10]


  1. ^ a b c "Karlie Hay is Miss Teen USA 2016". pageantsnews.com. Pageants News. July 31, 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Miss Texas Teen USA 2016". missuniverse.com. Miss Universe Organization. Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  3. ^ a b LaCroix, Emy (July 30, 2016). "Karlie Hay: Stunning Miss Texas Crowned 2016 Winner Of Miss Teen USA". hollywoodlife.com. Hollywood Life.
  4. ^ "Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 is Karlie Hay". pageantsnews.com. Pageants News. November 30, 2015.
  5. ^ Weigle, Lauren (July 30, 2016). "Miss Teen USA 2016 Pageant Winner". heavy.com. Heavy.
  6. ^ "Karlie Hay From Texas Wins Miss Teen USA 2016". Retrieved July 31, 2016.
  7. ^ Provenzano, Brianna (July 31, 2016). "People are dragging Miss Teen USA 2016 Karlie Hay for using the N-word a lot on Twitter". aol.com. AOL News.
  8. ^ Miller, Jenni (July 31, 2016). "Wow, Miss Teen USA Karlie Hay Sure Liked to Use the N-Word on Twitter". nymag.com. New York Magazine.
  9. ^ Hickson, Ally (July 31, 2016). "Miss Teen USA Winner Karlie Hay Apologizes For Offensive Tweets". refinery29.com. Refinery29.
  10. ^ McKenzie, Joi-Marie (July 31, 2016). "Miss Teen USA Winner Karlie Hay Admits To Using Language 'I Am Not Proud Of'". abcnews.go.com. ABC News.
Awards and achievements Preceded by Katherine Haik Miss Teen USA 2016 Succeeded by Sophia Dominguez-Heithoff Preceded byChloe Kembel Miss Texas Teen USA 2016 Succeeded byKirby Lindley