GREENSBORO, N.C. — Update: Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst recently made a stop in High Point while inspiring many. She's now focused on the Miss Universe competition.
Thursday night 27-year-old Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA 2019.
Here are some fast facts about Cheslie Kryst, Miss North Carolina, now Miss USA.
Cheslie Kryst is from Charlotte, NC.
Kryst earned her bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina's Honors College. She then went on to earn a law degree and an MBA from Wake Forest University, according to the Associated Press.
She's a civil litigation attorney for Poyner Spruill LLP, located in Charlotte, and does pro bono work to reduce sentences for inmates.
Kryst is now advancing to the Miss Universe competition.
Her mother is also a pageant winner and was crowned Mrs. North Carolina in 2002.
Kryst said her interest in pageants began when she was 10 years old, watching her mother ride a horse-drawn carriage in a parade when she was named Mrs. North Carolina.
In a videotaped message played during the two-hour event at a hotel-casino, Kryst told a story of when a judge at a legal competition told her to wear a skirt instead of pants, because judges prefer skirts.
"Glass ceilings can be broken wearing either a skirt or pants," Kryst said.