A 27-year-old full-time lawyer from North Carolina was crowned Miss USA 2019 on Thursday night.
Cheslie Kryst of Charlotte, who represents prison inmates for free, described herself as a “weird kid” with a “unibrow” who’s now part of the first generation of truly empowered women.
Asked in the final round to use one word to summarize her generation, Kryst said “innovative.”
“I’m standing here in Nevada, in the state that has the first female majority legislature in the entire country,” she said at the event held for the first time in Reno. “Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women. I’m looking forward to continued progress in my generation.”