Miss North Carolina wins Miss USA Pageant

Kristen Dalton, Miss North Carolina 2009, took home the Miss USA crown Sunday evening in Las Vegas, edging past Miss California Carrie Prejean and Miss Arizona, Alicia-Monique Blanco.

Dalton is part of a North Carolina pageant dynasty (we were surprised as you to learn that such a thing exists): Her mother was Miss North Carolina USA 1982 and her sister was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008.

Kristen Dalton’s dream came true last night, when the Wilmington, NC, resident was crowned Miss USA 2009 at the 58th annual Miss USA pageant at Planet Hollywood resort in Las Vegas.

Miss California Carrie Prejean was named first runner-up, while Miss Arizona Alicia-Monique Blanco was second runner-up. Miss Wyoming Cynthia Pate won the Miss Congeniality title, while Miss West Virginia Jessi Pierson was named Miss Photogenic. The top 15 contestants wore bikinis from singer Jessica Simpson’s swimsuit line.