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Cheslie Kryst

Cheslie KrystCheslie C. Kryst, born on April 28th, 1991 in Charlotte, North Carolina, is an American lawyer and beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss USA 2019 and is also the oldest contestant in the Miss USA pageant to ever to win the title.

With the crowning of Kryst, Kaliegh Garris, and Nia Franklin, 2019 became the first year in American history that Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America were all African American women.

She will represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2019 competition. Previously, she had been crowned Miss North Carolina USA 2019, becoming the third woman from North Carolina to win the Miss USA competition. Aside from her involvement in these pageants Kryst is a practicing attorney.

Her mother, April Simpkins, competed in pageantry and was crowned Mrs. North Carolina USA when Kryst was a small child. Kryst grew up in Rock Hill, South Carolina and attended Northwestern High School.

The family later moved to Fort Mill, South Carolina where she transferred to Fort Mill High School and graduated in 2009. After graduating from high school, Kryst moved to Columbia, South Carolina to attend the University of South Carolina.

Cheslie KrystShe graduated from the Darla Moore School of Business with a degree in marketing and human resource management in 2013, where she was also a member of the Alpha Lambda Delta honor society, Gamecocks women's track and field team, and mock trial.

After finishing her undergraduate degree, Kryst enrolled in Wake Forest University School of Law in Winston-Salem, North Carolina where she graduated with a Juris Doctor and Master of Business Administration in 2017.

Following her graduation, Kryst sat for the Bar and was licensed to practice law in both North Carolina and South Carolina, and began working as an attorney at Poyner Spruill LLP.

On September 28, 2017, she was sworn in to the North Carolina Bar. It was one of the proudest moments of her life. That morning she had the privilege of being sworn in to the South Carolina Bar.

"Many thanks to my family and friends for supporting me while I studied this summer - I hated every moment of it. Also, a huge thanks to my incredible firm and coworkers for the constant support and kind words I needed. Praise God for helping me to remain undefeated on the bar exam!"

She is the founder of the fashion blog White Collar Glam, dedicated to helping women dress professionally in white-collar jobs. Kryst had started her pageantry career as a teenager, winning Miss Freshman at Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina, and later Miss Fort Mill High School in Fort Mill, South Carolina.

Cheslie KrystAfter taking several years off from pageantry, Kryst made two attempts to win the Miss North Carolina title, placing in the top ten both times. In 2017, Kryst competed in Miss North Carolina USA 2017, where she placed as the fourth runner-up.

She returned the following year and placed in the top ten, before returning again for Miss North Carolina USA 2019, representing Metrolina.

She was crowned by Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2018 Kaaviya Sambasivam, as the outgoing titleholder Caelynn Miller-Keyes was unable to attend the crowning due to the filming of season 23 of The Bachelor.

As Miss North Carolina USA, Kryst was given the right to represent North Carolina at the Miss USA 2019 competition, held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada. She went on to win the competition, besting first runner-up Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico and second runner-up Triana Browne of Oklahoma.

Upon winning, Kryst became the third woman from North Carolina to win the title, following Chelsea Cooley and Kristen Dalton, who were crowned Miss USA 2005 and Miss USA 2009, respectively.

Cheslie KrystAs Miss USA 2019, Kryst will represent the United States at the Miss Universe 2019 competition. Contestant Alejandra Gonzalez of Las Cruces was the first runner-up, and Oklahoma’s Triana Browne the second runner-up during the competition.

Cheslie Kryst, a 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free, won the 2019 Miss USA title Thursday night in a diverse field that included teachers, nurses and members of the military.

Kryst earned a law degree and an MBA at Wake Forest University before becoming a civil litigation attorney who does pro bono work to reduce sentences for inmates. She is a 27-year-old lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free.

She said during the final round that she was glad to be competing in Nevada partly because it’s the first and only state in the nation with female majorities in both houses of the legislature.

Earlier, she told a story of how she’ll never forget the time a judge at a law conference told her to wear a skirt instead of pants because judges prefer skirts. She said her colleagues at her law firm in North Carolina were geeting together to have a watch party Thursday night to see how she did on television.

“Glass ceilings can be broken wearing either a skirt or pants,” Kryst said.

Cheslie KrystOf 51 contestants, the wide diversity among them was evident - Triana Browne of Oklahoma is a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation whose father is white and mother is African American. She’s in a partnership with Nike to promote a brand that celebrates Native American heritage.

Alejandra Gonzalez of Las Cruces, whose mother immigrated to the United States from Mexico, has a master’s degree in accounting and founded a nonprofit that teaches children the importance of being literate.

Nevada’s Tianna Tuamoheloa, who made it to the final five, was the first woman of Samoan decent to ever compete in the event that dates to 1952. Savannah Skidmore, a former state basketball champion from Arkansas who has a second-degree black belt in Taekwondo and is pursuing a law degree, also made the final five.

Kryst, who advances to the Miss Universe competition, was crowned by 2018 Miss USA Sarah Rose Summers of Nebraska.

President Donald Trump used to own the Miss Universe Organization, which previously ran the Miss USA pageant with NBCUniversal. But, after Trump drew criticism for making anti-immigrant remarks in announcing his presidential bid in 2015, the network and Spanish-language broadcaster Univision cut ties with him, refusing to air the show.

Trump sued both networks, eventually settling and selling the pageant to talent management company WME/IMG, now called Endeavor.

Cheslie KrystOn Thursday May 2nd 2019, 51 contestants competed for the coveted Miss USA title at Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada.

After months of hard work, long hours and training, Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst, Miss Oklahoma Triana Browne and Miss New Mexico Alejandra Gonzalez were named the top three finalists.

Cheslie Kryst was born to an Italian father and an Irish Mother. Cheslie’s mother, April Simpkins, competed in pageants, too. Her mother won the Ms. Petite North Carolina Contest, which was intended for women 5-foot-5 and under in 1997.

She went on to become Mrs. North Carolina US in the Mrs. America US pageant system in 2002.

According to Kryst - “I was inspired to compete in pageants by my mom, April Simpkins, who was Mrs. North Carolina US 2002. I remember watching her win and going to appearances with her during her reign."

"She was involved in countless events because of her title - parades, speaking engagements, and I can’t even remember how many times I heard her sing the national anthem. Her title provided her with a platform to advocate for issues that were important to her and people listened.”

Cheslie Kryst"For months prior to the pageant, 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 would 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 desserts - with only 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 that week."

"That three black women hold major pageant titles is symbolic, I think, and it sends a message across the world really that you can be anything you want to be, and there doesn't have to be just one of us at a time up here," Miss America 2019 Nia Franklin said Tuesday. "It can be all. And I think it showcases diversity as well."

Cheslie Kryst, who was crowned Miss USA, agreed. "It's also a reminder of how far we have to go," Kryst added.

"I believe when Ursula Burns was no longer the CEO of Xerox, there were no more black female CEOs of Fortune 500 companies and that is an unfortunate statistic to know. So I think this celebration or this landmark should we celebrated, but it's also a reminder we have a lot to do," Kryst said.

Cheslie KrystKryst is hard at work on a project that goes well beyond your typical beauty pageant agenda -- and it has her crossing paths with Kim Kardashian.

The new Miss USA was on "TMZ Live" Monday and told us she's working to free an inmate who's serving a life sentence for a low-level drug charge. She's working closely with Brittany K. Barnett -- the lawyer who just secured another prisoner's release ... with Kim's funding.

Cheslie, an attorney herself, tells us she and Brittany hope to do the same for someone in her home state of North Carolina by the end of this month.

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Sexual evolution is a slippery business. Like all mammals, we humans seem to have been left no choice in the matter: even though it is costly, inefficient and dangerous, if we want to reproduce we simply have to have sex. Yet most human cultures tell the tale of a maiden who gives birth untouched by a man; and in the wild there are plenty of creatures – such as turkeys, komodo dragons, sharks and the ‘Jesus Christ’ lizard (which walks on water, too) – that take various approaches to reproducing without sex.

In LIKE A VIRGIN, the biology writer Aarathi Prasad discusses how reproduction without sex is achieved in animals and explores why evolution hasn’t made it an option for humans – yet. In doing so, she provides a quirky, entertaining and perceptive overview of the mysteries of evolutionary biology, sex and reproduction – past, present and future.

It’s a remarkable story that ranges across Greek mythology, natural history, agriculture, conservation and medicine; takes in some of the most exciting areas of developmental genetics and molecular biology that other popular science books largely ignore; and is packed full of a cast of amazing characters, be they obscure animals or eccentric scientists such as the respected geneticist Dr Helen Spurway who in the UK in the 1950s unwittingly sparked a nationwide search for a virgin mother.

There is now a plethora of strategies being developed in reproductive medicine that could ultimately keep our species going in a world of embellished sex: the creation of artificial eggs and sperm from bone marrow, labs-on-chips on which eggs are fertilized, silicone wombs and artificial wombs (where fetuses can spend their full nine months), and even research to prepare us for reproduction in space. What’s more, we are finally beginning to understand what genetic modifications are needed to allow for the creation of women who could have babies without having sex. Now that we have the competent hand of science in our lives, will girls still need men?

Publisher: Oneworld (UK/US)
Pub Date: 16 August 2012
Status: Draft manuscript
Length: 288 pages

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