- "Rest in peace my beautiful friend," wrote Sushsmita Sen
- Chelsi Smith was Miss Universe 1995
- Other beauty queens also mourned Chelsi Smith's death
Former Miss Universe Sushmita Sen paid tribute to her successor of the Miss Universe title Chelsi Smith by sharing a throwback picture from her pageant days on Twitter. She wrote: "I loved her smile and that generous spirit! Rest in peace my beautiful friend Chelsi Smith." In the picture, Sushmita Sen, who was Miss Universe 1994, can be seen crowning the late beauty queen. Chelsi Smith died due to liver cancer on September 8 at the age of 45 in Los Angeles. Chelsi Smith won the Miss Texas USA pageant in 1995 and went on to win Miss USA and Miss Universe the same year. She was also one of the first contestant of African-American descend to win the pageant.
Other than Sushmita Sen, other beauty queens also paid tribute to the Chelsi Smith. Shanna Moakler, who was a runner-up at Miss USA 1995, wrote an emotional note for Chelsi Smith on Instagram. "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," read an excerpt from her post.
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 fucking smart... to 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! Thats who she was. Chelsi, I will never forget our long nights talking, singing, fighitng, 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 then 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.
Former Miss Teen USA and YouTuber Kamie Crawford wrote:"Rest In Peace Miss Universe 1995, Chelsi Smith. Such a sweet and bubbly soul. My heart goes out to her family and loves ones during this difficult time."
Rest In Peace Miss Universe 1995, Chelsi Smith Such a sweet & bubbly soul. My heart goes out to her family and loves ones during this difficult time. pic.twitter.com/d6BzKX4Fpk— Kamie Crawford (@TheRealKamie) September 9, 2018
Here is what other beauty queens wrote:
May love and light go with you on your next journey @Chelsi_Smith . You took the world by storm as Miss Universe 1995 & you continued to open your heart to so many. R.I.P. my beautiful friend. You will truly be missed! #MissUniverse#MissUSA#misstexasusapic.twitter.com/QDxOnDZYs4— Sharron Melton (@sharronmelton01) September 8, 2018
RIP to the beautiful Chelsi Smith, Miss Universe 1995, who today lost her battle with cancer at the age of 45. pic.twitter.com/EaDavtRLej— Sally-Ann Fawcett (@sallyann16) September 8, 2018
Chelsi Smith who was Miss Texas, Miss USA and then Miss Universe 1995, passed away yesterday, September 8, 2018. Chelsi was the first biracial winner from the USA and was raised in Deer Park, Texas by her grandparents Barnie and Jeanette Trimble. You will never be forgotten. pic.twitter.com/a8SAAu1JrL— Shar DeVon (@SharDeVon) September 9, 2018
Apart from being a beauty queen, Chelsi Smith was a model-turned-actress, a television show host and also a singer. She featured in films like Playas Ball, Saladin Patterson's short film One Flight Stand and was a celebrity contestant on the American television show Wheel of Fortune.