Texas-born fashion designer, model and sewing instructor R’Bonney Gabriel was named Miss Universe on Saturday night, becoming the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, according to competition officials. rice field.
Abrielle closed her eyes and clasped hands with runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel, beaming at the moment of the winner’s dramatic announcement and after her name was announced.
On stage at the 71st Annual Miss Universe competition in New Orleans, music thundered as she was handed a bouquet, covered in a winner’s sash and crowned with a tiara.
Second place went to Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez.
In a Q&A at the final stage of the three finalists’ contest, Gabrielle explained how, if she won, Miss Universe would be an “empowering and progressive organization”. I was asked if I would work on it.
“I would like to use it as a change leader,” she replies, citing her use of recycled materials in her fashion designs and teaching sewing to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. bottom.
“It is very important to invest in others, invest in our community and use your unique talents to make a difference. We all have something special and we We transform when we plant those seeds in other people in our lives, and we use them as a vehicle for change.”
According to Miss Universe, Gabrielle is a former high school volleyball player who graduated from the University of North Texas. According to her short bio posted on her organization’s website, she’s also her CEO of her own sustainable clothing line.
According to organizers, nearly 90 participants from around the world took part in the competition, which included “personal statements, in-depth interviews, and various categories such as evening gowns and swimwear.”
Miss Curacao Gabriela dos Santos and Miss Puerto Rico Ashley Carino rounded out the top five finalists.
Last year’s winner was Harunaz Sandhu from India.
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