Chelsi Smith, 1995 Miss Universe from Texas, dies during age 45

September 10, 2018 - miss universe


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    Chelsi Smith, Miss USA 1995.

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Chelsi Smith, Miss USA 1995.

Chelsi Smith, Miss USA 1995.



Photo: MONTY BRINTON / CBS


Chelsi Smith, a initial and usually Texan to wear a Miss Universe crown, died Saturday after a year-long conflict with liver cancer, according to her family. She was 45.

The beauty black from Deer Park began her 1994 feat strain during a Miss Galveston and Miss Texas pageants, where she distinguished her biracial birthright and vowed to take on racism. She snagged a desired Miss USA pretension in 1995.

She was 22 and attending San Jacinto College when judges during a Miss Universe foe in Namibia, Africa, tapped her a leader over 81 other contestants.

Jarrod Klawinsky, a orator for Smith, pronounced she was diagnosed with cancer in open 2017.

“It only got worse via 2017, and this year she became intensely weak,” Klawinsky told a Houston Chronicle.


In August, Smith went to her mother’s home in Pennsylvania, where she remained until she died Saturday afternoon. A matter from Smith’s family lauded her as “an instance to immature women around a world.”

“We are sad to share a news that Chelsi Smith has upheld divided following a long illness,” a matter read. “Chelsi was a amatory daughter, niece, and friend. We will skip her spreading laughter, joie de vivre, and giveaway spirit. She left an memorable symbol on all those who knew her.”

Smith, a 1991 connoisseur of Deer Park High School southeast of Houston, was lifted by her grandmother. Her mom was white and her father was African-American. Smith objected to being identified as black while competing in a splendour circuit.

“If people are going to know me,” Smith told a Houston Post, “I only consider it’s critical for them to know I’m half-black and half-white and that it hasn’t been a disadvantage.”

She looked behind on her splendour life with disenchantment for permitting her to doubt her identity. “You forget who we unequivocally are and where we came from and because we are there,” she pronounced in 1997, after relinquishing her Miss Universe crown.

After a Miss Universe competition, she followed a song career in Los Angeles. But she called Houston home and lived in Montrose, where she worked as a manifestation coach.

She is survived by her mother, Mary Denise Trimble, and aunt, Paulette Trimble. A commemorative for Smith is being designed subsequent month in Houston.


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