A former Miss Teen USA contestant has revealed she considered committing suicide after her nonsensical answer to a pageant question went viral.
Caitlin Upton represented South Carolina in the 2007 pageant, however was mocked internationally when she struggled to give her answer to why she believed a fifth of Americans could not locate the United States on a map.
“I personally believe that US Americans are unable to do so because, uh, some, uh, people out there in our nation don’t have maps,” she said.
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“And, uh, I believe that our education like such as in South Africa and, uh, the Iraq, everywhere like such as, and, I believe that they should, our education over here in the US should help the US, uh, or, uh, should help South Africa and should help the Iraq and the Asian countries, so we will be able to build up our future.”
Upton, who was 18 at the time of the pageant, told New York magazine that the viral video of her rambling answer led to bullying and even death threats.
“I definitely went through a period where I was very, very depressed,” Upton said.
“I had some very dark moments where I thought about committing suicide,” the now 26-year-old confessed.
However, eight years on the blonde-turned-brunette beauty has moved to Los Angeles where she works as a real estate agent and says that she hasn’t been recognised as ‘that girl’ in years.