Beautiful Miss North Carolina Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA 2009 at Planet Hollywood Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Sunday (April 19). The first runner-up was Miss California USA Carrie Prejean of San Diego and the second runner-up was 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?”
The 21 year-old Kristen is an aspiring motivational speaker and entertainer from Wilmington, and comes from a family with a pageant tradition: her mother was Miss North Carolina USA 1982 and her sister was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008.
Miss USA 2009 Kristen Dalton Photos