28-year-old beauty representing the state of North Carolina, Cheslie Kryst, was crowned Miss USA 2019 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, May 2. She succeeded last year’s winner Sarah Rose Summers at the end of the two-hour live telecast on FOX which was hosted by Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey. Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico and Triana Browne of Oklahoma were proclaimed first and second runners-up, respectively. Representatives from Arkansas and Nevada completed the Top 5 finalists.
The new winner will move to New York City where she will live her entire reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside the Miss Universe Organization. She will also represent the United States of America at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant.
Cheslie began her pageantry career in 2017, competing in Miss North Carolina USA 2017, where she placed as the fourth runner-up. She returned the following year and placed in the top ten, before returning again for Miss North Carolina USA 2019 and winning the competition. Upon winning, Cheslie became the third woman from North Carolina to win the title, following Chelsea Cooley (Miss USA 2015) and Kristen Dalton (Miss USA 2009).
Two former Miss Universe winners were among the panel of judges, Miss Universe 2001 from Puerto Rico, Denise Quiñones and Miss Universe 2018 from South Africa, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters. Reigning Miss Universe from the Philippines, Catriona Gray also attended the event.
Miss USA 2019: North Carolina North Carolina – Cheslie Kryst
1st Runner-Up: New Mexico New Mexico – Alejandra Gonzalez
2nd Runner-Up: Oklahoma Oklahoma – Triana Browne
Arkansas – Savannah Skidmore
Nevada – Tianna Tuamoheloa
Washington, D.C. District of Columbia – Cordelia Cranshaw
Florida – Nicolette Jennings
Kansas – Alyssa Klinzing
Maryland – Mariela Pepin
Ohio – Alice Magoto
Hawaii – Lacie Choy
Iowa – Baylee Drezek
Louisiana – Victoria Paul
Minnesota – Cat Stanley
Pennsylvania – Kailyn Marie Perez