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Charlotte, North Carolina’s Cheslie Kryst finishes in Miss Universe 2019 Top 10 in Atlanta, Georgia

Cheslie Kryst, 28, of Charlotte, North Carolina, United States was one of the semifinalists in Miss Universe 2019. She finished in the Top 10 of the 68th edition of the international beauty pageant.

Born on April 28, 1991 in Charlotte, North Carolina to a Polish American father an African American mother, USA, Kryst attended Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina and Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina. She earned her bachelor’s degree in marketing and human resource management  from the Darla Moore School of Business in Columbia, South Carolina in 2013.

In 2016, Kryst competed in Miss North Carolina USA 2017. She was the fourth runner-up.

Representing Metrolina, Kryst competed in Miss North Carolina USA 2018 and finished in the Top 10 in 2017. In the same year, she graduated with a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

In 2018, Kryst was crowned Miss North Carolina USA 2019. On May 2, 2019, she became the third woman from North Carolina to win Miss USA and the oldest woman to win the title.

On December 8, 2019, the Miss Universe 2019 coronation night took place at the Tyler Perry Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. It was hosted by Steve Harvey, 62, with Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, 27, and Vanessa Lachey, 39, as the backstage presenters.

Including Kryst, 90 candidates competed for the crown. It was Zozibini Tunzi, 26, of South Africa who became the 68th titleholder of the international beauty pageant.

Catriona Gray, 25, of the Philippines graced the ceremony to crown Tunzi as her successor. The new Miss Universe 2019 queen wore a new crowned made by luxury jeweler Mouawad.

Runner-up to Tunzi was Madison Anderson, 24, Puerto Rico while Sofía Aragón, 25, Mexico was second runner-up. Both Paweensuda Drouin, 26, Thailand and Gabriela Tafur, 24, Colombia finished in the Top 5.

Olga Buława, 28, Poland was voted Miss Congeniality. Gazini Ganados, 23, of the Philippines won the Best in National Costume award.

Four out of the seven members of the all-female jury are from the United States. They were William Morris Endeavor chief marketing officer Bozoma Saint John, 42, Miss USA 2008 Crystle Stewart, 38, blogger Sazan Hendrix, 30, and Miss America 2018 Cara Mund, 26.

Miss Universe 2007 Riyo Mori, 32, of Japan was the only Asian member of the jury. Actress Gaby Espino, 43, of Venezuela and Miss Universe 2014 Paulina Vega, 26, of Colombia also served as judges.

Ally Brooke, 26, performed during the ceremony. It was broadcast on Fox and Telemundo.

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