Cheslie Kryst, a former Miss USA and an Extra correspondent, was discovered dead in New York City. It is being treated as a suicide investigation, according to New York City police, who stated she leaped from a high-rise structure.
The 30-year-old was a bright spot in the lives of his friends and coworkers, who described him as “full of light.” They were as shocked as everyone else by the news.
“Cheslie was never without a smile,” Extra executive producer Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey told Katie Couric Media. “Her passing is the ultimate reminder that we don’t know what people may be dealing with privately.”
Cheslie Kryst: A Woman Who Put Her Mental Well-Being First
Kryst was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina, though she was born in Jackson, Michigan. She completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of South Carolina.
After attending Wake Forest University for both her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Kryst began her legal career in 2017. Kryst specialized in civil litigation for Poyner Spruill, where she was praised as a “passionate advocate in and out of the courtroom.”
As a young woman, Kryst entered beauty contests. In 2019, after being crowned Miss North Carolina, she went on to become the oldest woman to win Miss USA, at the age of 28.
Cheslie Kryst discussed her struggles with depression, racism, and unrealistic beauty ideals openly.
Kryst also caused a stir when she competed for Miss USA by sporting her natural hair as a political statement.
Kryst stated in an editorial for Allure that “Pageant girls are supposed to be model-tall and slender, don bouffant hair, and have a killer walk.” “But my five-foot-six frame won with six-pack abs, earned after years of competing in Division-I Track and Field, and a head of natural curls at a time when generations of Black women have been taught that being ‘too Black’ would cost them wins in the boardroom and on pageant stages.”
Last year, in the same article, Kryst discussed her struggles with aging and how, on the verge of reaching 30, she felt like she was “running out of time to matter in society’s eyes.”
Kryst had gone on the record about how she puts her emotional well-being first. In a Facebook video posted in 2019, she discussed her daily counseling sessions and evening relaxation routine. With that, I say, “I turn off. The phone was turned off by me. I don’t respond to voicemails.”
Extra’s Reaction to the Death of Kryst
Kryst was nominated for two Daytime Emmys when she began working for Extra as a journalist in 2019.
They said in a statement, “Our hearts are broken,” at her passing. “Cheslie was not just a vital part of our show, she was a beloved part of our Extra family and touched the entire staff. Our deepest condolences to all her family and friends.”
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