Fifty-one worthy queens vied for a single crown on Thursday, making the 2019 Miss USA pageant a little like Game of Thrones‘ Battle of Winterfell — only with less dragons. That we know of.
Nick and Vanessa Lachey returned to host this year’s festivities, which went down in Reno Tahoe’s Grand Sierra Resort and Casino’s Grand Theatre. (New game: Take a shot every time you see the word “grand”!) Though Nick Lachey’s pageant history is limited to hosting, Vanessa Lachey is actually a former Miss Teen USA (1998).
Judging this year’s crop of queens were businesswoman Nicole Feld (of Feld Entertainment, Inc.); businesswoman Kim Kaupe (of The Superfan Company); Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (Miss Universe 2017); marketing executive Ukonwa Ojo (Covergirl, Rimmel and Vera Wang); journalist Amy Palmer; Denise Quiñones (Miss Universe 2001); Hillary Schieve, the mayor of Reno; and Patricia Smith (Miss Virginia USA 1994).
This year’s competition also included musical performances from Nick Lachey and T-Pain. And last year’s winner, Nebraska native Sarah Rose Summers, was on hand to pass her crown to the new Miss USA, who will go on to represent the United States in the upcoming Miss Universe 2019 pageant.
Following a two-hour showdown of gowns, gams and game-changing questions, here’s how things turned out for this year’s hopefuls…
Second Runner Up: Triana Browne, Miss Oklahoma First Runner Up: Alejandra Gonzalez, Miss New Mexico Miss USA: Cheslie Kryst, North Carolina
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Miss USA 2019 winner Cheslie Kryst
Miss USA 2019 winner Cheslie Kryst
This is #MissUSA 2019 @CheslieKryst. ✨ ⠀
Miss USA aired live from @GrandSierra in @RenoTahoe only on @FOXTV. #RenoTahoe
A once in a lifetime moment becomes a lifelong memory. Welcome to the sisterhood, @CheslieKryst. ✨ #RenoTahoe
#MissUSA 2019 is... NORTH CAROLINA! Welcome to the sisterhood, @CheslieKryst. 👑 #RenoTahoe
For months, my alarm rang daily at 4:45am so I could get in a morning workout. In the weeks leading up to my departure for Miss USA, I’d also come home and get in a second workout—30 to 45 minutes on the bike or elliptical. I gave up pasta, fried food, and dessert (with the occasional sweet treat on the weekends). I hated every second of my workout and nutrition regimen. But I’m thrilled that I felt confident and proud to strut my hard work across the Miss USA stage this week. One more day ‘til finals!!
I felt AMAZING walking into my Miss USA interview this morning in this red two piece by @gregoryellenburg!! I can confidently say I’ve never loved an interview outfit more than this one! Prelims are tonight. Here we go!!
It’s the 28th and I just turned 28!! I’m thrilled to be able to spend my birthday competing for the title of Miss USA. Many thanks to everyone for all of the birthday messages and calls and thanks to my pageant sisters for singing me Happy Birthday (and even eating a little cake with me 🙃🙃 shh). Huge thanks to @shopfoxylady for sponsoring this cute and comfy @sherrihill jumpsuit for me to wear on my special day! 😊❤️
Miss USA registration day one in the desert!! #RenoTahoe #MissUSA
Just before the UNCF Mayor’s Masked Ball started! No mask, but I wore a shiny hat 😉 HUGE thanks to @shopmckenziejades for this stunning @tarikedizofficial gown. I got compliments on it all night!!
I was going to say this suit makes me feel like a first lady, but I’m actually feeling pretty presidential. 😎 •
Many thanks to Lula’s Boutique for dressing me in this gorgeous @stjohnknits suit for the Shades of Green fashion show today! Huge thanks to @theportiakee for working so hard to involve me, make me feel welcome, and highlight my blog, @whitecollarglam, during the luncheon!! Another thanks to @jinalaw for slaying my hair just in time for the show. The event was fantastic and the 700+ attendees made for a fun and engaged audience. Who’s coming next year? 👀 #SOG2019 #ShadesOfGreen #keepingeventsepic
Fave question from today’s Triangle Daddy-Daughter Dance: Are you a princess? Me: No, I’m a queen. 💁🏾♀️👑😂 •
Many thanks to @shopmckenziejades for this dress that had me feeling like Queen C
Guess who’s presenting at the Carolina Country Music Awards tonight? 😘💃🏽 Many thanks to @shopfoxylady for this fun @jovanifashions gown!