Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst dies at 30


Ms. Kryst began her pageant career as a teenager and won the Miss Northwestern pageant while in high school. In 2019, she was crowned Miss North Carolina and went on to win Miss USA, becoming the oldest contestant to ever win at the age of 28. She later represented the United States in the Miss Universe 2019 pageant, finishing in the top 10.

In the midst of a rising career that took long days, Ms. Kryst told The Times in December 2019 that downtime was key to balancing her busy schedule, which included traveling to events like Miss USA and keeping her. blog, White Collar Glam, where she discussed affordable workplace fashion.

Mental health was also a priority for Ms. Kryst, who said in a Facebook video in 2019 that she regularly speaks with a counselor. “When I’m not talking to my counselor, at the end of every single day I take time to relax,” she said. “I detach myself. I turned off the phone. I don’t reply to messages. I sit and watch my favorite movie. “

Ms. Kryst also used her rise to fame and her presence on the contest stage to make a statement about diversity. She described herself as a mixed-race black woman and told The Grio in 2019 that she intentionally wore natural hair during the Miss USA pageant. “Winning with my natural hair was really important to me because I thought this is how my hair grows out of my head,” she said. “I should agree to wear my hair this way.”

In an essay published by Allure magazine last year, Ms. Kryst reflected on the challenges of aging and challenging conventional thinking about women’s appearance and views.

“A smiling, wrinkled look at my achievements so far makes me dizzy at the idea of ​​laying the groundwork for more, but turning 30 feels like a cold reminder that I’m running out of time to matter in the eyes of society. – and it’s maddening, “she wrote. “After a year like 2020, you would think we have learned that aging is a treasure and maturity is a gift that not everyone can enjoy.”

Mrs. Kryst leaves her parents and five siblings.

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Cristina Hauser contributed reportage.