1995 Miss Universe- Chelsi Smith, the first and only Texan to wear the Miss Universe crown, died on Saturday after a year-long battle with liver cancer, according to her family. She was 45 year old.
The beauty queen from Deer Park began her 1994 victory streak at the Miss Galveston and Miss Texas pageants, where she celebrated her biracial heritage and vowed to take on racism. She snagged the coveted Miss USA title in 1995. She was 22 and attending San Jacinto College when judges at the Miss Universe competition in Namibia, Africa, tapped her the winner over 81 other contestants. Jarrod Klawinsky, a spokesman for Smith, said she was diagnosed with cancer in spring 2017.
“It just got worse throughout 2017, and this year she became extremely weak,” Klawinsky told. In August, Smith went to her mother’s home in Pennsylvania, where she remained until she died Saturday afternoon. A statement from Smith’s family.