Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA 2009 on Sunday, besting 50 other american beauty queens in the live pageant televised from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The 22-year-old aspiring motivational speaker and entertainer from Wilmington beat first runner-up Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, of San Diego, and second runner-up Miss Arizona USA Alicia-Monique Blanco, of Phoenix.
“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?”
More picture of Ms North Carolina 2009 Kristen Dalton after the jump.
Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton pics