Cheslie Kryst was an accomplished American beauty pageant titleholder, television correspondent, and model who captivated audiences with her charm and intelligence. Born on April 28, 1991, in Jackson, Michigan, Cheslie Kryst was the daughter of former Mrs. North Carolina, April Simpkins, who inspired her daughter to pursue a career in pageantry.
Kryst began her career as a model as a teenager, and in pursuit of higher education, she earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Human Resource Management. She then went on to pursue a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University, where she graduated with honors.
Early Life and Education
Cheslie Kryst was born on April 28, 1991, in Jackson, Michigan. Her mother, April Simpkins, was a former Mrs. North Carolina, who inspired her daughter to pursue a career in pageantry. Cheslie began modeling as a teenager and quickly discovered her passion for the pageant industry. After completing high school, Cheslie attended the University of South Carolina, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Human Resource Management. She then went on to pursue a Juris Doctor and a Master of Business Administration from Wake Forest University, graduating with honors.
Career in Law
After graduation, Cheslie Kryst began practicing law in Charlotte, North Carolina, as a civil litigation attorney. She was passionate about her work and quickly became known for her intelligence and professionalism. Despite her busy schedule, Cheslie continued to pursue her passion for pageantry.
In 2016, Cheslie competed in the Miss North Carolina USA 2017 competition and was named the fourth runner-up. She didn’t let the disappointment hold her back and continued to work hard and compete. In 2017, she made it to the top ten finalists, and the following year, Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss North Carolina USA 2019, giving her the opportunity to represent North Carolina at the Miss USA 2019 pageant.
Miss USA 2019
At the Miss USA 2019 pageant, Cheslie Kryst wowed the judges with her intelligence, poise, and beauty, and eventually won the title of Miss USA 2019. Her win was a historic moment, as she became the third woman from North Carolina to win the title. Cheslie went on to represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2019 competition, where she made it to the top ten. Her eloquence and intelligence made her a favorite among fans and judges alike.
Advocacy for Diversity and Inclusion
Throughout her pageantry career, Cheslie Kryst was passionate about advocating for diversity and inclusion in the industry. She worked tirelessly to break down stereotypes and promote a positive image of women. Cheslie used her platform as Miss USA 2019 to raise awareness of important issues such as racial justice, gender equality, and mental health.
Cheslie Kryst was also an accomplished television correspondent, covering events such as New York Fashion Week and the Kentucky Derby. She was known for her eloquence and professionalism, and her work as a correspondent earned her a loyal following of fans and admirers.
Tragically, Cheslie Kryst passed away on Sunday, January 30th, 2022, at 30. Her passing was a shock to her fans and the pageant community, who mourned the loss of a bright and talented young woman. Cheslie’s legacy will continue to inspire others for years to come, as she was a shining example of beauty, intelligence, and grace.