Photos show the emotional moment lawyer Cheslie Kryst was crowned the winner of Miss USA 2019

Patrick Prather/The Miss Universe OrganisationMiss USA 2019 walks the stage in Nevada after being crowned.
  • On Thursday, Cheslie Kryst was named Miss USA 2019 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada.
  • The 28-year-old civil litigation attorney from North Carolina beat 50 other contestants to the crown.
  • After the show, people congratulated Kryst on social media, where many said they were happy to see a Miss USA winner wearing a naturally curly hairstyle.
  • Others celebrated the fact that the 2019 winners of Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America pageants are all black women, and that both Miss USA and Miss Teen USA winners won the crown wearing their natural curls.
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Each year since 1952, women from across the United States have joined together to participate in the annual Miss USA beauty pageant. On Thursday, one contestant became the 67th woman to be crowned.

Cheslie Kryst took home the title after competing against 50 other women at the Grand Theatre at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. The pageant was separated into four segments – swimsuit, evening gown, final question, and final word – during which participants competed.

Kryst competed representing North Carolina. She was crowned by Sarah Rose Summers, who was named Miss USA in 2018.

Cheslie kryst winnerAlex Mertz/The Miss Universe OrganisationCheslie Kryst will now serve as Miss USA throughout 2019.

The 28-year-old civil litigation attorney will soon move to New York City and become a spokesperson for the Miss Universe Organisation.

Miss usa winner cheslie krystAlex Mertz/The Miss Universe OrganisationSarah Rose Summers crowns Cheslie Kryst on Thursday.

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Miss usa contestantsAlex Mertz/The Miss USA OrganisationMiss USA contestants surround Kryst after she was crowned.

After Kryst was crowned, Twitter users began to celebrate her victory and many applauded the fact that she was crowned wearing her natural curls. Others celebrated the fact that both the current Miss USA and Miss Teen USA, Kaliegh Garris, are black women who won while wearing their natural curls.

https://twitter.com/therealhnelz/status/1124131585169809413?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

This is not the first time the Miss USA and Miss Teen USA roles have been simultaneously filled by black women. In 2012, Nana Meriwether and Logan West served as Miss USA and Miss Teen USA respectively.

Nana Meriwether Logan WestDesiree Navarro/Getty ImagesLogan West and Nana Meriwether were both crowned in 2012.

Previous Miss USA contestants have also worn their natural curls throughout the competition. The last woman to do so and win was Kara McCullough in 2017.

Kara mccullough miss usaIsaac Brekken/The Miss Universe OrganisationKara McCullough won in 2017 after serving as Miss District of Columbia.

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