Miss North Carolina USA
Age 27 | Charlotte | @missncusa
An attorney specializing in complex civil litigation, Cheslie Kryst loves to learn and develop her diverse range of interests. In addition to practicing full-time as an attorney, Cheslie runs a blog—White Collar Glam—that provides workwear fashion inspiration and resources for women.
Cheslie is a graduate of the Wake Forest University School of Law and Graduate School of Business, where she earned both a Juris Doctor degree and a Master of Business Administration degree. While at Wake Forest, she competed on the AAJ Trial Team that won the 2017 AAJ National Championship—the first time Wake Forest won the competition.
Before attending Wake Forest, Cheslie graduated from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina, cum laude, and with honors. She was a Division I athlete, having competed on the track and field team for the Gamecocks. She landed top ten in the record books in the triple jump at South Carolina.
For her senior thesis in undergrad, Cheslie conducted research on body image and clothing design. She used her research and a $1,500 grant from the Honors College to design and construct a line of evening gowns for women with varying body types. In 2016, Cheslie won the “Rock the Runway” design competition, a fundraiser sponsored by Goodwill. She designed and constructed a line of eveningwear out of clothes purchased from Goodwill. Cheslie also made a ball gown out of newspaper for the competition.
In her free time, Cheslie enjoys playing piano, hiking, running 5Ks with her mom and walking in fashion shows. She was recently accepted into Leadership Charlotte, Class 40, and is an active Dress for Success Charlotte volunteer. Cheslie has five siblings and credits her success to her loving and supportive family and her ability to learn from failure. She won the title of Miss North Carolina USA on her third attempt.
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