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- On May 2, Cheslie Kryst was named Miss USA 2019.
- The 28-year-old lawyer recently spoke to INSIDER, and shared some insight into how she prepared for the beauty pageant.
- The former Miss North Carolina USA followed a strict workout routine and diet leading up to the competition, which required her to wake up at 4:45 a.m. everyday. She also practiced onstage questions in her car.
- Now that she’s been crowned, Kryst will spend her time advocating for Dress for Success, an international women’s organization, and running her blog, White Collar Glam.
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On May 2, a 28-year-old lawyer named Cheslie Kryst was crowned Miss USA 2019. She earned her title at the Grand Sierra Resort’s Grand Theatre in Reno, Nevada.
Before receiving her crown, the former Miss North Carolina USA had to compete against 50 other women throughout four show segments: swimsuit, evening gown, final question, and final word. Kryst also spent weeks preparing for the competition, and completed both tireless practice sessions and strict workout routines.
Kryst recently spoke with INSIDER, and shed some light on what it takes to win the nationwide pageant. She also shared some insight into what it takes to actually be Miss USA after being crowned.
Strict workout routines played a big part in Cheslie Kryst’s pageant preparation
“I woke up everyday at 4:45 a.m. and would do a morning workout, Kryst told INSIDER.
Originally, her workout was comprised of a mix of yoga and cycle classes “a couple of times a week.” But as the competition got closer, Kryst kept her focus on cardio.
“I would just do the elliptical or bike for an hour, or hour and a half a day,” Kryst said. “It took a lot to fit that into my schedule, but it worked out well – and I was happy with the results.”
The pageant winner prepared her mind and body equally before competing
It takes much more than good looks to win the Miss USA competition. During the final question and final word portions of the show, contestants are expected to provide thought-out and well spoken answers in response to a surprise question, which can be about a range of topics.
To prepare, Kryst completed “a lot of training” by answering sample questions in her car.
“I would watch previous Miss USA and Miss Universe competitions, listen to the Top 5 questions, and then pause them, answer, and listen to their answers,” Kryst said.
In addition to her exercise routine, Kryst also maintained healthy eating habits
“Consistency” proved to be key to her diet, which mostly consisted of fresh food leading up to the pageant. She also made sure to avoid anything that’s “really processed.”
“For breakfast every morning, I’d usually eat toast with egg and avocado,” Kryst told INSIDER. “I’m obsessed with avocado, even though it has a lot of fat in it. I love it, and it’s good, healthy fat.”
She also favored foods like salad, chicken, and vegetables for lunch and dinner.
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Before the pageant, Kryst took part in a variety of group activities with her competitors
Contestants of the Miss USA pageant are typically in it to win it, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make friends along the way. According to Kryst, the competing women were split into groups and sent on bonding trips ahead of the pageant.
“I was part of one of the groups that got to go down to Lake Tahoe,” Kryst told INSIDER. “Seeing the lake, being out there, and hanging out for the day was so much fun.”
“I was also part of the group that got to make s’mores by the fireside at the hotel,” she continued. “I just felt like I was in a lot of fun groups, and the girls were really great to meet.”
According to Kryst, everyone was “welcoming and kind” throughout rehearsals, which followed the group outings.
Though Kryst has earned the Miss USA title, her work is just getting started
Competing in the Miss USA competition is one thing, but holding the title is another. While Kryst has yet to fully map out her year, she does plan on volunteering for an international organization called Dress for Success, which makes sure that “women have economic independence,” according to Kryst.
“Dress for Success means something to me because I remember being in law school and in undergrad, and having to go on interviews, and not knowing what to wear,” Kryst said. “[I was] a broke college student who couldn’t afford really expensive suits, and [didn’t know] what options I had.”
She previously volunteered with their Charlotte chapter while she lived in North Carolina, and “did fundraising, clothing drives, and volunteered for some of their events.”
Kryst also hopes to spend time working on her blog White Collar Glam, which was created to “give some pointers and tips about your office wardrobe.” The website goes hand in hand with her advocacy for Dress for Success.
“After I graduated from law school, I created a blog to give women an outlet where you could look on my website, and figure out what you should be wearing, where to buy clothes, and where you can afford clothes,” Kryst said.
She also aims to help women understand “how [work clothes] should fit,” and answer the fashion questions that she says she remembers having as an undergraduate and a law student.
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