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The monokinis and major moments you missed during Miss USA 2019

Didn't have time to tune into the 2019 Miss USA pageant? We've got you covered.
Miss USA contestants during the live telecast held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nev. on May 2, 2019. (Photo: JASON BEAN, Reno Gazette-Journal via USA TODAY Network)

From diversity to interesting music choices, we've rounded up highlights from this year's competition, which saw Miss North Carolina Cheslie Kryst take home the crown in Reno, Nevada Thursday.

The 28-year-old lawyer from Charlotte said she was glad to be competing in Nevada because it's the first and only state in the nation with female majorities in both houses of the state legislature.

Alejandra Gonzalez of New Mexico was the first-runner up, and Oklahoma's Triana Browne the second-runner up during the competition.

Here are five major moments you missed from the show.

A diverse Top 3
One thing this year's competition wasn't lacking? Diversity.

The top three competitors were all minorities: winner Miss North Carolina (Kryst) is African-American; Miss New Mexico (Gonzalez) is a first generation Mexican-American); and Miss Oklahoma (Browne) said onstage she's a proud member of the Chickasaw Nation whose father is white and mother is African American.

Browne commented on diversity during the Q&A round of the competition. "That's what Miss USA represents, is a diverse woman," said the 26-year-old.

“Throughout my life, I was bullied for being too black for the white kids and too white for the black kids. I was even told once to go back to my country,” Browne said. “I decided to bridge the divide... I am Chickasaw, African-American and Caucasian. I am representation of our great multicultural nation.”

More: Miss USA pageant gets political with questions on immigration, gun violence

The top 10 was also a diverse group, with Miss Arkansas, Miss Ohio, Miss Kansas, Miss North Carolina, Miss District of Colombia, Miss New Mexico, Miss Maryland, Miss Florida, Miss Nevada and Miss Oklahoma.

The top 10 contestants from the 2019 Miss USA competition.
The top 10 contestants from the 2019 Miss USA competition. (Photo: Jason Bean/RGJ)

One-piece swimsuits mixed in with bikinis
During this year's show, two contestants swapped out the standard bikini for a floral one-piece suit. Miss Ohio and Miss Iowa wore one-shouldered monokinis that covered up a bit more skin, but still had a cut-out at the waist.

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Miss USA & Miss Teen USA

@MissUSA
 If we’re shiny, everybody gonna shine ✨ @lizzo @Sinesiakarol @laurenlorraine1

LIVE from @GrandSierra in @RenoTahoe, this is #MissUSA LIVE on @FOXTV.

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Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters' huge engagement ring
Miss Universe 2017 Nel-Peters, who acted as a judge during this year's competition, flashed her huge engagement ring during the broadcast. The South African model and pageant titleholder is engaged to professional football player Tim Tebow.


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Nevada was the last to be called and she said she didn’t like that 🤣🤣 #MissUSA

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One of the judges at #MissUSA tonight is from South Africa. It’s Demi Leigh Nel-Peters aka former Miss Universe aka Tim Tebow’s future wife! #MissUSA pic.twitter.com/LRYuqR4oH6

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Nick Lachey serenaded the ladies
During the evening gown portion of the pageant, the competitors weren't the only ones soaking up the spotlight.

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Miss USA & Miss Teen USA

@MissUSA
 All smiles - noses are wrinkling. 😍 @NickLachey

LIVE from @GrandSierra in @RenoTahoe, this is #MissUSA LIVE on @FOXTV.

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Co-host Lachey took to the stage singing "The Way You Look Tonight" as women showed off their gorgeous gowns.

Lachey's wife, Vanessa Lachey, co-hosted.



A Lizzo song caused a Twitter eruption
Lachey's singing wasn't the only music that caused a stir during the night. During the swimsuit competition, Lizzo's "Juice," which is all about body positivity and celebrating curves, played while svelte contestants walked onstage – and viewers had mixed reactions.

"Yaaaas for ‘Juice’ by @lizzo being the song these ladies walk out to during the swimsuit portion," one person tweeted.


Leana Edwards
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 Yaaaas for ‘Juice’ by @lizzo being the song these ladies walk out to during the swimsuit portion. #MissUSA

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Other's were a little confused by the choice.

"Anybody else find it interesting that they’re choosing to play Lizzo at the Miss USA pageant??? Seems like a bunch of skinny girls walking the catwalk in bikinis might not have been what she was thinking of when she did 'Juice,' " one person tweeted.


Mary A.
@MaryMarg86
 Anybody else find it interesting that they’re choosing to play Lizzo at the Miss USA pageant??? Seems like a bunch of skinny girls walking the catwalk in bikinis might not have been what she was thinking of when she did “Juice”...

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"ILYSM @lizzo but WHO signed off on 'Juice' for the *swimsuit* competition of Miss USA, of all parts," one person tweeted.

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Erin Parker
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 ILYSM @lizzo but WHO signed off on “Juice” for the *swimsuit* competition of Miss USA, of all parts 😩🤮 #MissUSA

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And some wanted to know Lizzo's thoughts on the music choice.

"Is @lizzo into her song being played for the Miss USA swimsuit round?" one person tweeted.

Lizzo has yet to comment

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