Black women are taking over the pageant world.
Lawyer Chelsie Kryst is Miss USA 2019, rounding out a trifecta of Black titleholders in the biggest pageants in the country.
Kryst was crowned on Thursday night during the competition in Reno, Nevada, reports The Associated Press. The 27-year-old who represented North Carolina defeated first runner-up Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico and Triana Browne of Oklahoma.
Kryst is a former track star who earned an MBA and law degree from Wake Forest University. She is currently a civil litigation attorney who works pro-bono to help incarcerated people get reduced sentences. She also runs a blog, White Collar Glam, to teach women how to dress for the workplace.
Her interest in pageants was piqued when a 10-year-old Kryst watched her mother reign as Mrs. North Carolina in 2002.
"It was a time in my life when I didn't' know who I was and wasn't confident in myself,” she said. “I was that little weird kid who had a unibrow and didn't have any friends. My hair was always pulled back. I thought I want to be just like her.”
She began to compete in high school and believes pageants can help women become more confident. Kryst insists she is the same girl.
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