Krist was a lawyer, reporter, and host of the TV news program “Extra”. She exploded on the national stage in May 2019 when she won the title of Miss USA.
The coronation of the North Carolina-born woman marked an unexpected moment in history because, for the first time, three black women were Miss USA, Miss Teen USA, and Miss America.
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Krist was a Division I athlete and wrote about having to go into the hospital to exhaust herself while earning her law degree and MBA at the same time.
Krist was a mental health advocate who spoke on World Mental Health Day. Last March, she wrote about her reflections on turning 30.
I wrote an article for temptationwriting, “When I was crowned Miss USA 2019 at the age of 28, I was the oldest woman in history to win the title…Being 30 feels like a cold reminder that I’m running out of time to hold the most important eyes of society…”
Crist’s success continued as she was often seen at red carpet events, and most recently worked as a reporter for “Extra”.
“Chisley wasn’t just a vital part of the show, she was a lovable part of our extra family and she influenced the entire cast,” a statement from the show was read in part.
Her last Instagram post said, “I hope this day brings you comfort and peace.”
If you or someone you know is looking for mental health resources, you can contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness Helpline at 1-800-950-6264. If you are in a crisis, send the word “NAMI” to 741741.
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Jerica Duncan contributed to this report.