Cheslie Kryst (April 28, 1991- January  30, 2021) 

Cheslie Kryst, widely popular as Miss USA 2019, was a reporter for the celebrity news show “Extra”, and a lawyer. She was found dead in New York, in early 2021, at the young age of 30 years. 

Kryst’s family stated that she “embodied love and served others”, by virtue of her service as an attorney fighting for social justice, as the titleholder of Miss U.S.A., and as a host on her show. 

Kryst posted a photo on Instagram with the remark, “May this day bring you rest and peace” just hours before she died. 

Cheslie Kryst ‘s Life

According to an article in SouthPark Magazine, Cheslie Kryst was born on April 28, 1991, in Jackson, Michigan, and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina, when she was a toddler. She recieved a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina. 

She joined Poyner Spruill, a North Carolina legal firm, in 2017 and focused on civil litigation. Kryst “was a strong champion in and out of the courtroom,” the firm stated. According to the managing partner Dan Cahill, she agreed with her firm to go on a sabbatical when she was crowned Miss USA, and eventually left her job. 

Cheslie Kryst ‘s Death Incident

According to sources, Kryst, who lived alone on the building’s ninth level, was last seen on the 29th-story patio. Kryst left behind a statement stating that she wished to leave everything to her mother, who was elected Mrs. North Carolina in 2002.  

According to a police source, Kryst was “not only gorgeous, but she was brilliant – she was a lawyer. She has a life that would make anyone envious… It’s heartbreaking.” 

Kryst’s Pageant Life

A former Miss North Carolina, Kryst was crowned Miss U.S.A. 2019 after competing in the National Costume competition in a sparkly winged dress inspired by Maya Angelou’s “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings.” 

She told The New York Times in December 2019 that she needed downtime to balance her busy schedule, which included traveling for Miss USA events and maintaining her blog, White Collar Glam, where she highlighted cheap workplace clothes. 

Ms. Kryst also used her celebrity show and appearance on the pageant stage to make a point about diversity. In 2019, she told The Grio, an American digital TV channel, that she purposefully wore her hair natural during the Miss USA competition, describing herself as a Black lady of mixed-race origin.

Kryst explained, “It was crucial to me to win with my natural hair because this is how my hair grows out of my head, It should be fine for me to wear my hair this way.” 

In an essay published by Allure magazine in 2021, Kryst reflected on the difficulty of growing older and challenged conventional thinking about women’s appearances and ideas. 

“A happy, crinkly-eyed look at my accomplishments so far makes me giddy about building the groundwork for more,” she said. “However, turning 30 feels like a chilly reminder that I’m running out of time to matter in society’s eyes — and it’s infuriating.” “You’d think that after a year like 2020, we’d have learned that growing old is a treasure and maturity is a gift that not everyone receives.” 

The Ache She Left Behind

ExtraTV stated: “Our hearts are devastated. Cheslie was more than just a supporting player on our show. She was a cherished member of our Extra family who positively impacted the entire team. We extend our deepest sympathies to her whole family and friends.” 

Cheslie Kryst spoke out on Facebook for World Mental Health Day in October 2019, sharing advice on dealing with stress. “I put a lot of effort into maintaining my mental wellness,” she explained. “I also talked to a counselor, which was the most crucial thing I did.” She’s a breeze to converse. She provides me with excellent  advice, particularly when I’m unhappy or pleased or have a busy month ahead of me. 

“When I do not talk to my counselor, I decompress at the end of every single day,” Kryst explained. “I disconnect, turn off my phone, and don’t respond to texts”. “All I do is sit and watch my favorite films.” 

In an interview with The Hilltop in 2020, she addressed the matter once more. 

“In terms of self-care, there are three things I’m doing,” Kryst said. “First and foremost, I try to stick to a  routine, so my alarm clock goes off at 6:45 a.m. every day.” I’m aware that I’m waking up and beginning my day. “Two, even though I’m at home and have my computer and phone with me, I’m done answering emails at 6 p.m., and I’m not responding to messages.” It’s finished. 

“I have a regular fitness regimen that keeps my body healthy and my mind bright”. She added as the third point. 

Kryst leaves behind five siblings and her parents. 

If you live in New York and struggle with suicidal thoughts or a mental health crisis, call 1-888-NYC-WELL for free and confidential crisis therapy. If you live outside the five boroughs, call 1-800-273-8255 or visit  SuicidePreventionLifeline.org.

Authored by Afifa Maryam Siddiqui

Edited by Yara Fakhoury

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