AceShowbiz - Miss USA 2019 has found its winner. Cheslie Kryst, a 28-year-old lawyer from North Carolina, had been crowned the winner on Thursday night, May 2 after besting 51 other contestants that included teachers, nurses and members of the military.
At the 68th annual live competition, which was co-hosted by Nick Lachey and 1998's Miss Teen Vanessa Lachey (Vanessa Minnillo), Kryst was crowned by her predecessor, Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers. Dazzling in a white off-shoulder gown, the new Miss USA impressed the judges with her description of the millenials.
"I would say that my generation is innovative. I'm standing here in Nevada, in the state that has the first majority female legislature in this entire country. Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mind-set that has inclusivity, diversity, and strength and empowered women," Kryst confidently said in front of the audience at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino's Grand Theatre in Reno Tahoe. "I'm looking forward to continued progress with my generation."
Kryst received a law degree and an MBA at Wake Forest University. She later becomes a civil litigation attorney who does pro bono work to reduce sentences for inmates. The beauty said that she was happy to be competing in Nevada since it's the first and only state in the nation with female majorities in both houses of the state legislature.
Prior to the big announcement of the winner, Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico was named first-runner up. Meanwhile, Oklahoma's Triana Browne was the second-runner up.
Kryst is set to represent the United States at the 2019 Miss Universe later this year.