“Her Great Light Was One That Inspired Others” Family & Friends Remember Chelsie Kryst

You never know just how much one person is carrying.

According to the New York Police Department,  former Miss USA, Cheslie Kryst, passed away Sunday morning.

Per reports, the 30-year-old pageant model end entertainment reporter died during an alleged jump from a high-rise building in Manhattan.  The NYPD is currently investigating the incident as a suicide.

Kryst joined the television program “Extra” in 2019 as a correspondent in the fall of 2019 and later earned two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Entertainment News Program for her work, according to Variety.

“In devastation and great sorrow, we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” said the family in an official statement shared with aspireTV.  “Her great light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength. She cared, she loved, she laughed and she shined. Cheslie embodied love and served others, whether through her work as an attorney fighting for social justice, as Miss USA, and as a host on EXTRA. But most importantly, as a daughter, sister, friend, mentor, and colleague – we know her impact will live on.”



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Kryst may have been known for her work in the entertainment space, however,one of her true callings was the work that she did as a civil attorney conducting free legal work for prisoners who may have been sentenced unjustly.

The year that she won the title as Miss USA, Kryst was a part of a ground-breaking panel of pageant winners—Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss America, Miss Teen USA, and Miss USA—who were all Black women.

“People didn’t think, ‘Oh, that’s enough (black winners),’” Kryst told CNN back in December 2019. “It’s still possible for us to be successful on your own merit. And it doesn’t matter if you look like the last winner, (if) you look like the last three. If you’re the best, you’re the best, and you can win.”

Not only was Kryst a huge advocate for women, but specifically Black women and their roles within society were a huge part of her day-to-day life. During a  2019 interview with CNN, Kryst recalled a time that a judge at a legal competition once suggested she wear a skirt instead of pants because judges prefer skirts.

“Glass ceilings can be broken wearing either a skirt or pants,” Kryst said during a video played during pageant activities. “Don’t tell females to wear different clothes while you give the men substantive feedback on their legal arguments.”

The attorney would soon go on to create a fashion blog, White Collar Glam, and volunteered for Dress for Success.

Our thoughts are with all of her loved ones during this difficult time.

If you or someone you know is in an emergency, call The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or call 911 immediately.

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