Charlotte Attorney, Cheslie Kryst, Crowned Miss USA 2019

Charlotte Attorney, Cheslie Kryst, Crowned Miss USA 2019

Miss North Carolina USA, a Charlotte lawyer, takes the Miss USA crown.

The 27-year-old Cheslie Kryst who represents prison inmates for free won the Miss USA title Thursday night, describing herself as a “weird kid” with a “unibrow”.

Asked in the final round to use one word to summarize her generation, Kryst said “innovative.”

“I’m standing here in Nevada, in the state that has the first female majority legislature in the entire country,” she said at the event held for the first time in Reno. “Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women. I’m looking forward to continued progress in my generation.”

The Charlotte resident also helped make history, now one of three African-American women currently holding major titles on the pageant circuit. She joins Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris, 18, of Connecticut, and Miss America Nia Franklin, 25, among the trifecta of African-American title holders.

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