Crystle Stewart

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Crystle Stewart
Beauty pageant titleholder
Crystle Stewart 2014.jpg
Born Crystle Danae Stewart[1]
(1981-09-20) September 20, 1981 (age 35)[1]
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Measurements 34C-24-34
Title(s) Miss Texas USA 2008, Miss USA 2008
Miss USA 2008 (Winner), Miss Universe 2008
(Top 10)

Crystle Danae Stewart (born September 20, 1981) is an American actress, TV Host, model and beauty pageant titleholder who won Miss USA 2008.[2] Stewart currently portrays the character real estate agent Leslie Morris on the OWN/TBS comedy-drama television series Tyler Perry's For Better or Worse. .


Early life[edit]

She was born to Robert & Cynthia Franklin Stewart. She has one brother named Robert and one sister named Breana.[1]


Stewart won the Miss Texas USA 2008 title in a state pageant held in Laredo, Texas on July 1, 2007, after competing against 121 other contestants.[3][4] She represented Texas in the Miss USA 2008 pageant held in April 2008. Crystle Stewart graduated from Elkins High School in Missouri City, and graduated from the University of Houston in 2007. Additionally, Stewart graduated from Barbizon Modeling and Acting School in Houston.[5]

This was Stewart's fifth attempt at the Miss Texas USA title, as she had placed first runner-up in both the 2006 and 2007 events, third runner-up in 2005 and made the semi-finals in 2003. Her first appearance in the state pageant was in 2002, when she made the semi-finals of the Miss Texas USA 2003 pageant competing as Miss Fort Bend County. In 2004 she again competed as Miss Fort Bend County and placed third runner-up to Tyler Willis at Miss Texas USA 2005.[6] The following year she competed in the Miss Houston local pageant and placed first runner-up to Lauren Lanning. She competed at Miss Texas USA 2006 as Miss Harris County, and placed first runner-up to Lanning for the second time.[7] In 2006 she placed first runner-up to Miss Houston for a second time and, in a double repetition, placed first runner-up to Miss Houston, Magen Ellis, in the 2007 state pageant (competing as Miss Southeast Texas).[8][9]

Crystle Stewart with Hilary Cruz, Miss Teen USA 2007
Stewart appearing with Miss Teen USA Stevi Perry at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, September 2008

In 2007 she did not compete for a local title, and instead entered as an at large delegate for Miss Texas USA 2008, again holding the Miss Fort Bend County title. She made the final two in the state-televised pageant, alongside Miss Houston Brooke Daniels, who was also a runner-up at Miss Texas USA 2007. This time Stewart won the title and was crowned Miss Texas USA 2008. She also won the Everything but Water Swimsuit award, announced during the preliminary competition. Stewart is the second African American to win the crown at Miss Texas USA; Chelsi Smith was crowned Miss Texas USA 1995 (and later Miss USA and Miss Universe).

On April 11, 2008 Stewart represented Texas in the Miss USA 2008 pageant where she became the ninth Texan to win the Miss USA title.[10] Throughout her reign she served for various charities, conducted media interviews and made other public appearances. On 26 April, she attended the White House Correspondents' Association dinner.

Stewart holds a degree in consumer science and merchandising from the University of Houston.[11] Stewart is represented as a model by Neal Hamil Agency in Houston.[12]

Crystle Stewart, with other Miss Universe contestants, tours USNS Mercy off the coast of Vietnam

She represented the USA at the Miss Universe pageant on July 13, 2008 in Nha Trang, Vietnam. She advanced to the top 10, where she became the second consecutive Miss USA, following Rachel Smith in 2007, to stumble and fall during the evening gown competition. After that, she encouraged the audience to applaud by clapping her hands.[13] Unlike Smith, Stewart did not advance to the top five.[14] Stewart finished 8th overall.


Stewart hosted the Miss Teen USA 2009 competition on July 31, 2009 along with Seth Goldman. Goldman and Stewart once again hosted the Miss Teen USA pageant on July 24, 2010.

Stewart also co-hosted multiple Miss Texas USA pageants including some with her husband, Belgian-born model, Max Sebrechts (married August 9, 2014)[15] and she also co-hosted with Jason Feinberg.[16]

Stewart served as a finals judge at the Miss USA 2016 pageant on June 5, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.[17]


  1. ^ a b c "Texas Birth Index, 1903–1997". Retrieved November 28, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Texan Takes Miss USA Crown in Las Vegas". Washington Post. 2008-04-12. Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  3. ^ Associated Press (2007-07-01). "Miss Fort Bend County takes Miss Texas title". Houston Chronicle. 
  4. ^ "Miss Fort Bend County wins Miss Texas USA". Houston Chronicle. 2007-07-02. 
  5. ^ "Barbizon Modeling and Acting School Alumni".  External link in |website= (help)
  6. ^ "Miss Central Plains named Miss Texas USA". 2004-06-28. 
  7. ^ "Lanning wins Miss Texas USA title". Associated Press. 2006-06-27. 
  8. ^ Maines, Don (2006-06-15). "3 area women compete in pageant / Miss Texas-USA to be selected on June 25". Houston Chronicle. 
  9. ^ "Miss Houston named Miss Texas USA". Associated Press. 2006-06-26. 
  10. ^ Ignacio Salazar (2008-04-14). "UH's Crystle Stewart wins Miss USA". Retrieved 2008-05-10. 
  11. ^ "True Beauty" by Trevor N. Mitchell. Houston Alumline, Spring 2008.
  12. ^ "Friday's Fabulous Flicks". The Black Socialite. 2009-03-13. 
  13. ^ "Miss USA takes a tumble". BBC News (Video). 2008-07-14. [dead link]
  14. ^ Miss USA falls down during Miss Universe competition
  15. ^ [1]
  16. ^ Miss Central Laredo USA, Ana Rodriguez Wins the MISS TEXAS USA Crown
  17. ^ [2]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tennessee Rachel Smith
Miss USA
Succeeded by
North Carolina Kristen Dalton
Preceded by
Magen Ellis
Miss Texas USA
Succeeded by
Brooke Daniels