Following former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst‘s death on Sunday (January 30th), an essay she wrote for Allure Magazine in March 2021 was unearthed. Shining a light on her inner world, Kryst talked about the pressure she’s experienced around achievement.
Kryst earned her MBA and law degree simultaneously at Wake Forest University—before becoming Miss USA in 2019 and later a correspondent for Extra. Of her time at Wake Forest, she wrote, “I joined a trial team at school and won a national championship. I competed in moot court; won essay competitions; and earned local, regional, and national executive board positions.”
“I nearly worked myself to death, literally, until an eight-day stint in a local hospital sparked the development of a new perspective,” she added.