Nia Franklin, Kaliegh Garris, Cheslie Kryst (Photo: Getty)
Cape Town - Breaking racial barriers, for the first time in American history three black women reign as Miss USA, Miss Teen USA and Miss America.
28-year-old Cheslie Kryst completed the beauty queen trifecta when she was crowned Miss USA, joining 18-year-old Miss Teen USA Kaliegh Garris and 25-year-old Miss America Nia Franklin.
"Pageants weren't always welcoming to women of colour. It took decades of persistence and courageous women showing the world a new kind of beauty," attorney Cheslie Kryst (Miss USA 2019) told Essence.
The article was also accompanied by three photos of Cheslie, opera singer, Nia (Miss America 2019) and activist Kaleigh (Miss Teen USA 2019), donning three different headdresses.
Miss USA is part of a larger circuit where winners go on to compete worldwide in the Miss Universe pageant, meaning Cheslie will go on to compete against Miss South Africa 2019 Zozibini Tunzi for the Miss Universe title in December.