Cheslie Kryst, Miss USA 2019, has been named correspondent for the 69th Miss Universe Competition® which will air live Sunday, May 16 at 8:00 PM ET.
“The last time I stood on the Miss Universe stage, I was a contestant, representing the United States,” said Kryst, who placed in the top 10 for the title in 2019. “To return to the stage as a correspondent and contribute some perspective and insight for audiences watching around the world while cheering on the women who are competing is a true honor.”
Kryst’s Miss USA win became the first year that all four major United States-based pageants were won by black women, including Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa, the longest-ever reigning Miss Universe. Tunzi will crown her successor Sunday eveningduring the three-hour event being held at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida. This year’s Miss Universe competition will feature women representing dozens of countries competing in multiple categories, including personal statement, swimsuit, evening gown and interview—segments that Kryst is experienced in.
Kryst also served as the longest-reigning Miss USA and is a current correspondent for EXTRA, where she interviews celebrities about upcoming projects and news. Aside from her role on EXTRA, Kryst also recently launched a a jewelry collection and e-commerce platform as an extension of her popular blog “White Collar Glam.” The former attorneyended her reign as Miss USA on November 9, 2020 after crowning Asya Branch of Mississippi as the new titleholder.
The Miss Universe Organization ensures they will be following all safety precautions during Sunday’s broadcast. Seminole Hard Rock’s Safe + Sound protocols follows similar guidelines as enacted successfully during the 2020 MISS USA Competition, produced in Memphis, Tennessee in November. These policies included mask usage, social distancing, quarantining upon arrival and rigorous testing, as well as a working group with others following the same restrictions, in coordination with health officials.
“We have spent months planning and preparing safety precautions to develop this edition of MISS UNIVERSE—one that will be memorable, special and totally innovative,” said Paula M. Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization. “I look forward to seeing this work come to fruition and crowning a new Miss Universe in May.”
The show will air in over 160 countries and territories across the globe.