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The live competition was co-hosted by Vanessa and Nick Lachey, for the second consecutive year, in Reno Tahoe at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre

By Natalie Stone
May 02, 2019 10:20 PM
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Miss USA 2019 has crowned its winner: Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst!

During the live competition on Thursday evening, 51 female contestants — representing all 50 states and the District of Columbia — competed for the coveted title.

After Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne was named second runner-up and Miss New Mexico Alejandra Gonzalez was named first runner-up, Kryst, 28, was crowned Miss USA 2019.

Kryst, “a full-time attorney that is licensed to practice law in two states,” according to her Miss USA bio, was crowned by her predecessor, Miss USA 2018 Sarah Rose Summers.

2019 Miss USA - Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst
Cheslie Kryst

This year, the winner was chosen by a selection committee, which was comprised of accomplished female entrepreneurs, business leaders and industry experts, including former pageant winners.

The contestants included women working in numerous fields, such as journalists, entrepreneurs, a Physical Operations Specialist in the U.S. Army Reserve, doctoral students, active and aspiring attorneys, and first-generation Americans, among others.

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Cheslie Kryst, Alejandra Gonzalez and Triana Browne

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2019 MISS USA: Nick and Vanessa Lachey
Credit: Jeff Neira/FOX

Co-hosted by Nick and Vanessa Lachey (Miss Teen USA 1998) for the second consecutive year, the competition was held at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre in Reno Tahoe.

Miss USA 2019 aired live on Fox.