On Saturday night, 18-year-old Texas born Karlie Hay was crowned Miss Teen USA.
Following her win, Jezebel pointed out that she’s posted numerous racist tweets in the past, which are problematic on their own.
But that’s not what caught the internet’s attention about the national pageant.
It was the fact that it’s nearly impossible to distinguish Karlie Hay from the other girls, who finished in the top five. All the finalists, who come from different states in the US, have blonde hair, blue eyes, and an almost identical skin tone. It’s… weird.
— Karlie Hay (@MissTeenUSA) July 31, 2016
It also says a lot about our frighteningly narrow view of beauty, and the lack of diversity in mainstream popular culture.
But the picture is just so ridiculous that for many social media users, there was no point delving into the complexities of why it’s so disturbing. Instead, the absurdity of the white-washed line up was expressed with a number of telling memes.
— benny • בית (@bendykoval) July 31, 2016