Miss USA 2009 is Kristen Dalton of Wilmington, North Carolina. In a glittering Sunday evening gala competition at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Miss Dalton edged out competition from fifty competitors for the crown. Miss California and Miss Arizona were first and second runners-up, respectively.
Apparently winning high-stake beauty pageants runs in the Dalton family. Mama Dalton was Miss North Carolina USA in 1982. Her younger sister was Miss North Carolina Teen USA, 2008. Kristen is a student of psychology and Spanish. She wants to become a motivational speaker. I don’t know if duties on Elle, Cosmopolitan, and maybe Playboy will allow her to hit the motivational speaker circuit anytime soon. Kristen Dalton is the second North Carolina resident after Chelsea Cooley to win the Miss USA title.
Miss USA, BTW, is different from Miss America which prefers to dub itself a “scholarship pageant”; though seeing those babes in bikinis and svelte evening gowns you could be forgiven if you thought this was just another beauty contest.
Kristen now has a shot at becoming Miss Universe 2009. The competition will be held in sunny Bahamas. Though the title has been somewhat of a sole preserve of Venezuela with intermittent winners from India, Kristen the blue-eyed blond has as good a chance as anyone to land the title.
(Photos Courtesy of: Miss America)