Miss North Carolina brings home the Miss USA crown

Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst was announced as the new Miss USA during the pageant competition on Thursday in Reno, Nevada.
Cheslie Kryst, as Miss North Carolina, at the 5th Annual Mayor’s Masked Ball on March 9, 2019. Photo credit: Kevin Douglas

Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst was crowned the 2019 Miss USA pageant winner on Thursday night in Reno, Nevada.


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The 28-year-old Charlotte resident is an attorney at Poyner Spruill law firm. One of her clients is Miss America 2019, Nia Franklin, a Winston-Salem native.

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Kryst earned both her law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University. She completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of South Carolina, where she was also a track star.

Kryst also runs White Collar Glam, a fashion blog that focuses on workwear attire for women. She serves the Charlotte community as a Dress for Success volunteer and board member at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas.

Former Mrs. North Carolina Nichelle Sublett was excited to see her fellow pageant queen earn the crown. She said that she’s looking forward to following Kryst’s journey.

“I know just how hard she worked and how much she wanted this,” Sublett said. “She will be an incredible queen and will represent the Miss Universe organization with class, dignity and respect.”


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Kryst advances to the Miss Universe competition, which will be held later this year.

Katrina Louis is managing editor of qcitymetro.com who can always find something to do in Charlotte. She’s an offline hustler (and has the shirt to prove it) but when online, find her on Instagram and Twitter.

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