Traditionally, beauty pageants and polarizing topics like politics and social justice are said to mix poorly.

But, due to social unrest and a swell of protests, the Miss Universe Organization has taken a stand in supporting the Black Lives Matter movement. Former Miss USA
Cheslie Kryst
told Insider she is proud to stand with the organization in supporting the movement and the Black community.

In the early stages of her career, Kryst said she didn’t think discussing issues important to her identity as a Black woman would be welcomed on the pageant stage.

"I had never dreamed of a time when an organization as large as this, in pageantry, would be posting on its official channels that Black lives matter," she said. "As soon as I saw that post go up on our Instagram pages, I was like, 'Wow. How cool, not just that I'm a pageant fan and a woman in society that I get to see this, but also that I'm one of the titleholders who gets to continue pushing this message.'"