By Connor Boyd For Dailymail.com
Published: 11:17 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 11:17 BST, 3 May 2019
The prison lawyer who was crowned Miss USA Thursday night has revealed her battles with sexism in the workplace.
North Carolina's Cheslie Kryst, 27, who represents inmates for free, beat 50 other contestants to capture the coveted title in Reno, Nevada.
During the Beauty pageant, she told of how a judge at a law conference ordered her to wear a skirt to work to please men.
Cheslie Kryst, a lawyer from North Carolina who represents prison inmates for free, won the 2019 Miss USA
The 27-year-old (pictured on her first day at her law firm) revealed her struggles with sexism at work
Kryst was referring to an incident in 2015 when she was told to wear a skirt in court because 'male judges prefer to see women arguing in skirts rather than in pants'.
She said she was even more shocked and angered because the judge who gave her the 'advice' was also a black woman.
Kryst added: '[She was] a double minority like me, who took it upon herself to accept the standards that the men in the room desired rather than fighting against them.'
She told a story at the pageant about being instructed to wear a skirt to court because 'male judges prefer seeing women argue in skirts rather than pants'
Incident took place in law school in 2015 while Kryst was arguing imaginary cases for practice
The incident took place in moot court where law school students argue imaginary cases for practice.
Kryst added: 'What angered me about the judge's comment was not just that I was criticized for wearing pants, but that the judge did not have A