They may have been the fairest of them all, but life isn't. The controversy surrounding Hay aside, the Miss Teen USA pageant also saw backlash due to the lack of diversity in the top 5 finalists of the night: Between the onstage performances and backstage happenings , there is a lot at stake for the contestants. It was also criticized due to the purpose of the pageant, which is to award scholarships to young women who "lead active, purposeful lives. Begin Slideshow Photo: When asked why some Americans might not be able to identify their country on a map, Upton responded, "I personally believe U. And, as seen this year with the Steve Harvey catastrophe , the whole experience can be so upsetting to witness. The brunette resigned from her reign as Miss Teen Delaware in after her alleged sex tape surfaced. He then blackmailed and extorted the photos and videos. Many speculated that the female star of the sex tape was the clean-cut year-old, but the brunette Delaware Online that it was "absolutely not" her. Beauty pageants have no shortage of drama. Since then, almost a dozen more women have lost their spots at the top by different pageant organizations. Miss Teen Texas, Karlie Hay. Eventually, investigators found him, and he confessed to the wrongdoings. The blonde beauty from California found herself in the middle of a sextortion case in In it she says: Imagine getting that close to such a milestone achievement and then having it taken away.