The model sarcastically tweeted “Wow how can we choose from such a diverse bunch” after the competition posted a photo of the top five contestants, who all had blonde hair and light skin.
The criticism comes after Miss Teen USA received praise a month ago for announcing it was eliminating the swimsuit portion of the competition. It also follows this year’s crowning of Deshauna Barber, a black U.S. Army officer, as Miss USA.
The Miss Universe Organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday.
Teigen later wrote: “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.”
The top five Miss Teen USA finalists were Miss Texas Karlie Hay, Miss South Carolina Marley Stokes, Miss North Carolina Emily Wakeman, Miss Alabama Erin Snow and Miss Nevada Carissa Morrow, USA Today reports.
Hay, 18, took home the top prize and then quickly found herself on the defensive after Twitter users surfaced what they said were old tweets apparently from her personal Twitter account, which is now private, in which she uses the N word.
In a series of tweets from her public Miss Texas account, Hay seems to address the outrage, saying she had “many personal struggles” several years ago and found herself “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. “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. 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.”