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| Kristen Dalton crowned Miss USA 2009|
| Updated at: 1547 PST, Monday, April 20, 2009|
LAS VEGAS: Miss North Carolina USA Kristen Dalton was crowned Miss USA 2009 on Sunday at the Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
"It feels really natural," Dalton said of her win. "I've worked so be here and this has been my lifelong dream and it's finally here. And whoever knew you could win in a turquoise gown?"
The 22-year-old blue eyed beauty from Wilmington is an aspiring motivational speaker and entertainer. Her mother was Miss North Carolina USA 1982 and her sister was Miss North Carolina Teen USA 2008.
Miss California USA Carrie Prejean, of San Diego, was named first runner-up.