We have a winner! Miss North Carolina, Cheslie Kryst, was officially crown Miss USA on May 2, and we round up everything to know about her!

So on Thursday night, Cheslie Kryst AKA Miss North Carolina was crowned Miss USA 2019.

But This year’s contestants were accomplishing group of women. So including being crown the new Miss USA, Kryst is a full-time attorney license in two states, who represent prison inmates for free.

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Miss North Carolina is officially the winner of the 2019 Miss USA pageant. Cheslie Kryst was crowned by her successor, Sarah Rose Summers during a live ceremony, host by Nick Lachey and Vanessa Lachey, on May 2.

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She broke down in tears as she accepts the crown and sash. While runner-up Alejandra Gonzalez from New Mexico happily cheered her on. But it’s been quite a journey to get to this point and during the Miss USA pageant. So Cheslie had to take on 50 other contestants from the rest of the states in the U.S. and the District of Columbia. And Get to know Cheslie better with five fast facts here:

1. She’s a lawyer.

Not only is Cheslie absolutely beautiful, but she’s smart and successful, too. Because She works at the Proyner Spruill Law Firm as an associate, with her practice concentrated in complex civil litigation.

But her job requires her to “represent clients in federal and state cases relating to a wide range of business disputes” and “represent municipalities in local government matters. So including extensive and complex reviews of policies and procedures for programs fund by grants for the federal government,” according to her firm’s website.

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2. She’s well-educated.

Cheslie attended the University of South Carolina Honors College, where she receives her Bachelor’s degree and graduated cum laude. So she went onto obtain her Master’s and Juris Doctorate from Wake Forest University.

3. She’s volunteered for a number of positions in her community.

Cheslie has shown off her charitable side over the years as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Carolinas, where she serves on the Board of Directors. And She’s also a volunteer at Dress for Success Charlotte, a Millennial Advisory Board Member at the Harvey B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts & Culture. And a member of the Ayscue Professionalism Award Committee for the Mecklenburg County Bar.

4. She was a Division I athlete.

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While completing her undergraduate degree at the University of South Carolina. So Cheslie competed on the track and field team. Because she holds a spot in the school’s top 10 record book for the triple jump.

5. She comes from a big family.

Cheslie has FIVE siblings and has been open about how supportive her family has been to her throughout her entire Miss USA journey.

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So During the competition, she tackles tough questions about her thoughts on social movements such as “me too.”

“I don’t think these movements have gone too far. What me too and times up are about are making sure. So That we foster safe and inclusive workplaces in our country,” Kryst says. But “As an attorney, that’s exactly what I want to hear. And that’s exactly what I want for this country. So I think they’re good movements.”

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Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne was named second runner-up. And Miss New Mexico Alejandra Gonzalez is name first runner-up. And so this year’s finalists were an especially diverse group of women. but Highlight by Miss New Mexico’s speech about immigration.

But “I think that there are so many people out there wanting the American dream. And my parents immigrate here from Monterrey, Mexico,” Gonzalez explains. “And I am their representation of their American dream.”

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Kryst was crowned just days after Kaliegh Garris was named Miss Teen USA. And fans showed an outpouring of support for both women on Twitter.

But one thing’s for sure, the new Miss USA has tons of supporters in her corner. And she excites to use her platform to continue empowering women.

So “Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset. So that has inclusivity, diversity, and strength and empowers women,” Kryst said. And “I’m looking forward to continuing progress with my generation.”

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