Crystle Stewart is not just a pretty face but a woman who prides herself on setting goals and achieving them. Her most recent aspiration has been to become an actress She met her goal and now stars in the new Tyler Perry sitcom “For Better or Worse” on TBS. She plays Leslie, an independent, charming real estate agent known as the peacemaker amongst her friends. “For Better or Worse” is based on Tyler Perry’s “Why Did I Get Married?” films.
Prior to becoming an actress, Stewart set her sights on becoming Miss USA. In 2008, she ultimately won the coveted title. As a native from Missouri City, Texas, Stewart’s win was not merely a stroke of luck, but a testimony to dedication and years of hard work. After placing in runner-up positions several times, she won the title of Miss Texas USA on her fifth attempt.
As Miss USA, Stewart was a spokesperson for breast and ovarian cancer education, research and legislation, a platform that is close to her heart. Stewart herself found a lump in her breast that was eventually diagnosed as benign. Her experience is a testament to the importance of early prevention which until this day has motivated her to continue as an advocate for several breast cancer organizations. She also donates her time to Best Buddies and other organizations that assists individuals who have learning disabilities.
The University of Houston graduate is a fourth generation educator and teacher. She is also the founder of her own company, Inside/Out, which she uses as a platform for public speaking appearances and character development lessons.
“With Inside/Out, I teach young women that beauty and intelligence are not mutually exclusive,” says Stewart.