Miss Universe

Cheslie Kryst of North Carolina wins Miss USA 2019

Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst Crowning MomentNorth Carolina’s Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA 2019 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, May 2.

The 28-year-old 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 the first and second runners-up, respectively, while the representatives from Arkansas and Nevada completed the Top 5 finalists.

The new Miss USA will move to New York City where she will live her entire reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside Miss Universe Organization. She will also represent the USA at the Miss Universe 2019 pageant.

Miss USA 2019 Cheslie KrystCheslie 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.

The reigning Miss Universe from the Philippines, Catriona Gray also attended the event.


Miss USA 2019: North Carolina – Cheslie Kryst

1st Runner-Up: New Mexico – Alejandra Gonzalez

2nd Runner-Up: Oklahoma – Triana Browne

Top 5

Arkansas – Savannah Skidmore

Nevada – Tianna Tuamoheloa

Top 10

Washington, D.C. District of Columbia – Cordelia Cranshaw

Florida – Nicolette Jennings

Kansas – Alyssa Klinzing

Maryland – Mariela Pepin

Ohio – Alice Magoto

Top 15

Hawaii – Lacie Choy

Iowa – Baylee Drezek

Louisiana – Victoria Paul

Minnesota – Cat Stanley

Pennsylvania – Kailyn Marie Perez

Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst

Photos: Miss Universe Organization