CHESLIE Kryst’s mum shared a heartbreaking tribute at the Miss Universe 2023 pageant almost a year after her daughter took her own life.
Cheslie, a former Miss USA titleholder, fell to her death at the age of 30 from her high-rise apartment in New York City.
“As many of you know, Cheslie has struggled with high-functioning depression,” said Cheslie’s mother, April.
“The Cheslie you saw didn’t always match her inner feelings. Just because someone tells you they’re fine doesn’t mean they’re fine.
“We all need to listen when we check on our strong friends. Create a safe space so they have room to share when challenged.”
April urged people to really listen and support people who may be struggling with mental health.
“I am encouraged to announce a partnership with Nami – the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which established the Cheslie C. Kryst Memorial Fund for Mental Health.”
According to April, the fund will focus on mental health challenges, including high-functioning depression.
“I am honored to be here tonight to tell Cheslie’s story and I ask that you share it. Do share with others in the hope that together we can break the stigma and talk more about mental health.
Beauty Queen Tragedy
The beauty, who lived on the ninth floor of the building, fell from the terrace of the building on the 29th floor.
Shockingly, just hours before her death, Kryst shared a photo of herself on Instagram with the caption, “May this day bring you rest and peace.”
“It is with despair and great sadness that we share the passing of our beloved Cheslie,” it said an explanation from Kryst’s family at the time.
“Her magnificent light was one that inspired others around the world with her beauty and strength.
At the Miss USA 2019 pageant, Kryst took home the crown as Miss North Carolina. She was a lawyer and later worked as a correspondent for Extra after winning the title.
“Our hearts are broken. Cheslie was not only an important part of our show, she was a beloved member of our extra family and touched all of the staff. Our deepest condolences to all of her family and friends.”
She used her platform as Miss USA to speak about criminal justice reform.
If you or someone you know is affected by any of the issues addressed in this story, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (8255) or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741.
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