Taking Her Bow: Kristen Dalton is the epitome of Tar Heel royalty. Her mother was Miss North Carolina USA in 1982 and her sister Julie was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008 and was ever so close to the Miss Teen USA title that year, finishing as the second runner-up. But it’s Kristen who has the regal clout in the family, having spent the past year enjoying her reign as Miss USA 2009. And enjoying may be an understatement.
Quick to admit that the trio of Miss Universe Organization titleholders living in their fabled New York apartment might be a bit spoiled, Kristen’s hitting the home stretch of her whirlwind term as Miss USA. Grateful for the experiences she’s had and the doors her title has opened for her, Kristen is excited for what lies ahead as she prepares to crown her successor.