When an attorney from Charlotte won the title of Miss USA this week, she helped make history. The 26-year-old North Carolina resident is now one of three African-American women currently holding major titles on the pageant circuit.
Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA for 2019.
She joins Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, 18, of Connecticut, and Miss America Nia Franklin, 25, among the trifecta of African-American title holders.
Kryst has her master's in business and her Juris doctor from Wake Forest. She works as an attorney for Charlotte firm Poyner Spruill, focusing on complex civil litigation.
Her work inspired her to start a style site for professional women called White Collar Glam.
Watch some key moments from the pageant where Kryst was crowned Miss USA on Thursday, May 2, including her responses to questions about the "Me Too" movement and her generation. In one of her statements, she mentioned how excited she was to be at the competition in Nevada, a state with the first female-majority legislature.
Kryst has a family connection in the pageant world. Her mom was Mrs. North Carolina in 2002, according to the Charlotte Observer.
To prepare for the Miss USA competition, Kryst posted on Instagram that she got up before 5 a.m. to work out; and in the weeks leading up to Miss USA, she exercised twice a day and cut most sweets, fried foods and pasta out of her diet.
She has a history of athleticism and played Division I track and field in college at the University of South Carolina.
"I hated every second of my workout and nutrition regimen," Kryst posted on Instagram of her pageant preparation. "But I'm thrilled that I felt confident and proud to strut my hard work across the Miss USA stage this week."
Date Posted: Wednesday, May 8th, 2019 , Total Page Views: 811
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