2019 Miss USA Winner Steals Show With Natural Tresses

Cheslie Kryst
Photo Credit: Jason Bean/The Reno Gazette-Journal via AP

Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst just upped the Black hair magic count for beauty pageants. Cheslie won the 2019 Miss USA crown Thursday (May 2) night while rocking her own natural curls. Again, this shouldn’t be news — but women of color know it still is and we are so here for it.

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The civil litigation attorney dazzled with her lengthy, voluminous curls while dropping major knowledge for her final question of the competition: In one word how would she describe her generation?


She said: innovative.

“I would say that my generation is innovative. I’m standing here in Nevada, in the state that has the first majority female legislature in this entire country,” said Cheslie. “Mine is the first generation that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity and strength and empowered women. I am looking forward to continued progress with my generation.”

Let’s also take note that Cheslie was one of four women of color in the top five. They included Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne, who is Native and African American; Miss Nevada Tianna Tuamoheloa, who is Samoan/African American/Tongan/Japanese/Irish descent; and Miss New Mexico Alejandra Gonzalez who is Mexican American.

2019 Miss USA x Top 5
Photo Credit: Twitter/@makhondlovu

Cheslie will go on to compete for the Miss Universe title later this year.

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Stephenetta (isis) Harmon

isis is a music, hair and communications junkie. she is a Black beauty editor; founder of Sadiaa, the premiere beauty directory for women of color, and editor for HypeHair.com.