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Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA winners are all black women for first time


The winners crowned 2019’s Miss America, Miss USA and Miss Teen USA are all black women for the first time in pageant history.

Cheslie Kryst, a lawyer from North Carolina, completed the historic triple on Thursday after she won the Miss USA title.

Kaliegh Garris, a high school senior from Connecticut who is planning to pursue a career in nursing, was crowned Miss Teen USA on Sunday.

And Nia Franklin, the Miss America 2019 from New York, won her title in a September competition.

Social media users celebrated the trio of women.

Kryst, 28, was celebrated online after supporting the “Me Too” and “Time’s Up” movements onstage during the pageant’s question period.{mosads}

She was asked whether she thought the movements, which have sought to hold powerful men accountable for sexual misconduct, have gone “too far.”

“I don’t think these movements have gone too far,” Kryst responded.

“What ‘Me Too’ and ‘Time’s Up’ are about are making sure that we foster safe and inclusive workplaces in our country. As an attorney, that’s exactly what I want to hear, and that’s exactly what I want for this country,” she said.

“I think they’re good movements,” she added.

Kryst and Garris were also applauded for wearing their naturally-textured hair onstage as they were crowned.

“There were a few naysayers saying, ‘You look better with straight hair,’ or ‘You should put in extensions and straighten your natural hair,’” Garris told Refinery 29. “I feel more confident and comfortable with my natural hair.”

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