Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019
A practising attorney by profession, Kryst is the oldest woman to be crowned queen in the 68-year history of the Miss USA pageant at 28 years old. Not only that, she is the first black woman to win the pageant wearing her natural hair. The night before the main show, Kryst is said to have spent three hours prepping her hair, finger-curling each strand and wearing a bonnet on the d-day until 30 minutes before she went on stage. “I want to do it as the most real and authentic me,” she said. And after she walked onto the stage with that hair, her life has literally not been the same.