Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA 2009 on Sunday, beating out 50 other beauty queens in the live pageant televised from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. Dalton is part of a North Carolina pageant dynasty: her mother was Miss North Carolina USA 1982 and her sister was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008.
Dalton, a 22-year-old blue-eyed blonde who studied psychology and Spanish at East Carolina University, hails from Wilmington and, according to the press release from the Miss USA organization, is a talented singer and dancer, though you wouldn’t know it from the pageant, which, unlike Miss America, does not have a talent competition.
“It feels really natural,” Dalton said of her win. “I’ve worked so be here and this has been my lifelong dream and it’s finally here. And whoever knew you could win in a turquoise gown?”