R’Bonney Gabriel made history when she was crowned Miss Universe 2022 on Saturday (January 14).
The 28-year-old fashion designer beat out the competition, becoming the first Filipino-American to win both Miss USA and Miss Universe.
The competition, which marks the 71st Miss Universe pageant, was held at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center and was hosted by Jeannie Mai and Olivia Culpo, who won in 2012.
R’Bonney Gabriel‘s runner up was Amanda Dudamel of Venezuela. Andreina Martinez Founier of the Dominican Republic came in third place, according to E! News.
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According to her bio on the pageant’s website, R’Bonney Gabriel “is an eco-friendly fashion designer, model, and sewing instructor with an excitement for life.”
“As the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, she shares the importance of embracing your culture. As a voice for Asian-Americans, she opens the door for more diversity and representation in society and was honored to be published in Vogue Philippines. R’Bonney’s mission is for women and young girls to see themselves in her, and feel inspired to conquer their goals by owning who they are,” the bio continues.
Congratulations to R’Bonney and everyone else who competed!
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