Over the weekend, the sad news was confirmed that former Miss Universe Chelsi Smith has passed away. The beauty queen died at the young age of 45 following a battle with cancer.
According to TMZ, Smith’s first pageant was in 1994 when she earned the title of Miss Texas. Smith made history as she became the first biracial woman to win the pageant.
In 1995, Smith went on to win the Miss USA pageant. Later, she competed all the way to Miss Universe where she won the coveted title.
When she won the 1995 Miss Universe competition, she was the first woman from the United States to earn the title for 15 years.
Shanna Moakler, the runner-up in the 1995 Miss USA pageant, wrote a heartbreaking tribute for her friend.
She said, “Having a hard time writing this. Found out the news of my good friend passing. I really don’t know how to express to the world what a funny, loving, smart! She was [so smart]…too smart for her own good and talented young woman she was.
“Because her light was so big and so bright, she changed my life. If it wasn’t for her, her beauty and her energy, her incredible destiny, I wouldn’t even be where I am today. Even when she was sick she was positive and radiant and never stopped laughing.
“I was crying and she was cheering me up! That’s who she was. Chelsi, I will never forget our long nights talking, singing, fighting, dreaming…pageantry will never be the same, the world and my heart will not be the same. I will cherish my last conversations with you, I wish I was a better friend or could have done more.
“I know you are meant for bigger things than this world offered you. Visit me in my dreams queen I will be missing you and all your witty banter. Love love love you. Godspeed,” she concluded.
Several others took to social media to share their tributes as well:
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