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Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, Miss America are all black women for the first time In pageant history

Tatyana Jenene

 // May 4, 2019

Miss USA Instagram, MIss America Instagram

History has been made in the pageant world following Cheslie Kryst winning the Miss USA crown on May 2. For the first time ever, black women are the reigning Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.

Kryst, who represented North Carolina, wowed the judges and the crowd during Thursday's pageant after she was asked if the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements have gone too far.

"I don't think these movements have gone too far," she said. "What #MeToo and #TimesUp are about are making sure that we foster safe and inclusive workplaces in our country. As an attorney, that's exactly what I want to hear and that's exactly what I want for this country. I think they're good movements."



Kryst works as a full-time attorney in Charlotte, NC and does pro bono work for prisoners who were unjustly sentenced.

Following her crowning, she was given a bouquet of flowers by reigning Miss Teen USA Kaleigh Garris, a young black woman that won the title last week. The high school senior represented Connecticut and plans on going to college for nursing. Her goals are to become a trauma nurse.

"Mine is the first generation to have that forward-looking mindset that has inclusivity, diversity, strength and empowered women. I'm looking forward to continued progress in my generation," Kryst said after accepting her crown. Kryst will compete in the Miss Universe pageant in December.



Both Kryst and Garris were praised for wearing their natural hair during their pageants.

"There were a few naysayers saying, 'You look better with straight hair,' or 'You should put in extensions and straighten your natural hair,'" Garris told Refinery 29. "I feel more confident and comfortable with my natural hair."



Back in September, Nia Franklin, representing New York, won Miss America at the annual pageant in Atlantic City, NJ. Franklin also made history as the first woman to win the Miss America crown without having to wear a swimsuit.

Last year, the Miss America Organization removed the swimsuit competition from the event. "We are no longer a pageant, we are a competition," chairwoman Gretchen Carlson said in an interview with "Good Morning America." "We will no longer judge our candidates on their outward physical appearance. That means that we will no longer have a swimsuit competition and that is official."

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