Former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst dies at 30

Ms. Kryst began her beauty pageant career as a teenager and won the Miss North West pageant while he was in high school. In 2019 she was crowned Miss North Carolina and won Miss USA, becoming the oldest contestant to win at 28. She then represented the United States in the Miss Universe 2019 pageant, finishing in the top 10.

Amid a burgeoning career that required long days, Ms Kryst told The Times in December 2019 that downtime was key to balancing her busy schedule, which included traveling to events as a that Miss USA and the maintenance of her blog, White-collar glamorwhere she talked about affordable working mode.

Mental health was also a priority for Ms. Kryst, who said in a Facebook video in 2019 that she spoke regularly with a counsellor. “When I’m not talking to my counselor, I take time out at the end of each day to just decompress,” she said. “I unplug. I turned off my phone. I do not respond to messages. I just sit and watch my favorite movie.

Ms. Kryst also used her rise to fame and presence on the pageant stage to make a statement about diversity. She described herself as a black woman of mixed heritage and says Le Grio in 2019 that she intentionally wore her natural hair in the Miss USA pageant. “Winning with my natural hair was really important to me because I thought that was how my hair grew out of my head,” she said. “I should be OK to wear my hair like this.”

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

“A smiling, wrinkled look at my accomplishments so far makes me want to set the stage for more, but turning 30 is a chilling reminder that I’m running out of time to matter in the eyes of society – and that’s is infuriating,” she wrote. “After a year like 2020, you’d think we’ve learned that aging is a treasure and maturity is a gift not everyone can appreciate.”

Mrs. Kryst is survived by her parents and five siblings.

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Christine Hauser contributed report.

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