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A Letter from Miss USA 2019,CheslieKryst

May 2, 2019 was an earth-shattering, life-altering day for me. I became Miss USA.

Following my crowning, I sat surrounded by family, while I received thousands of messages of support and congratulations and began to see countless articles from local, state, and national news outlets reporting stories about my win—beginning just minutes after the crown was placed on my head. My initial introduction to the public and to my new following began.

The media reported my status as a complex litigation attorney licensed to practice law in two states. They mentioned that I earned my law degree and MBA from Wake Forest University and graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina. I was also a Division I athlete on South Carolina’s track and field team.

As Miss USA your life is often on display for others to see, learn about, and discuss. It means being on the road and calling the airport your second home. Best of all, it demands excellence and requires the most authentic version of you each day. This role, this job, is an incredible blessing and I could not be more thrilled or grateful to have the pleasure of representing the country I call home.

Throughout my reign, I will continue to advocate for Dress for Success as a national impact ambassador spreading the organization’s message and supporting women through their network of resources to succeed in the workplace. I will also advocate for equality in the workplace, aid today’s women’s empowerment movement, and promote the need for reform in our justice system.

Most importantly, I want to thank everyone who contributed in any way to my journey. I could fill this program book with a list of the people who made this dream possible. I hope to spend the rest of my life giving back to the people and communities who helped me.

To all the women in this competition—congratulations! An event such as tonight’s was the first step in my journey to becoming Miss USA. Only one woman has the distinct privilege of being Miss USA each year. Holding this title, and having the opportunities and rewards that come with it have far surpassed even my wildest dreams. I did not win the first state pageant I entered, or the second, third, or even fourth. Each experience prepared me for this win because I grew, matured and changed over the many years I participated. Remember, even if you do not win tonight, find the lesson this competition is trying to teach you and look for the impact you can make in your respective communities with or without a crown and sash. Keep working towards this and all the other goals you want to achieve. “A river cuts through rock, not because of its power, but because of its persistence.”


A Letter from Miss Teen USA 2019, KalieghGarris

A Letter from Miss Teen USA 2019, KalieghGarris


It feels like just yesterday that I was preparing to compete in the 2019 Miss Connecticut Teen USA pageant. On April 28th, my dream of becoming Miss Teen USA came true. As one of three black women to simultaneously hold titles from three of the top U.S. pageants, I am determined to make an impact on the lives of young people today.


Pageantry is always something that I have always highly regarded in life, being inspired to compete following in the footsteps of my older sister. Pageantry has helped me to overcome my fear of public speaking, embrace what it means to be confident as my natural self, and has given me so many opportunities I never dreamed were possible.


This yearI will be a freshman at Southern Connecticut State Universityand one day I hope to become a trauma nurse. I will also continue to educate young people on how to speak respectfully to people with disabilities, through my We Are People 1st Organization.


Being crowned Miss Teen USA is just the beginning of many great adventures yet to come for me. I want to thank everyone for helping me see my dreams come true!

To all the young women competing, congratulations on being here tonight! I wish you the best of luck. Just walking on that stage makes each of you a winner. Have fun and be yourself, don’t compare yourself to anyone else except to the best version of you.