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Miss North Carolina named as Miss USA

MISS North Carolina USA, Kristen Dalton, was crowned Miss USA 2009 on Sunday at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.

The 22-year-old aspiring motivational speaker edged out Miss California USA, Carrie Prejean, and Miss Arizona USA, Alicia-Monique Blanco.

The contestants, from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, were judged by their performance modeling swimsuits and evening gowns and their responses to a question asked on-stage. Unlike the rival Miss America pageant, Miss USA contestants do not perform a talent.

The top 15 contestants worked the stage in white string bikinis designed by pop star Jessica Simpson's swimwear line.

She also will go to the Bahamas in August to compete in the Miss Universe pageant, where American beauties haven't been lucky in recent years.

Both Miss USA 2008, Crystle Stewart, and her predecessor, Rachel Smith, fell on stage during the evening gown competition, becoming accidental YouTube stars.


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