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1st Filipino-American Miss USA wins Miss Universe,

By newadmin / Published on Sunday, 15 Jan 2023 04:35 AM / No Comments / 6 views

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PEORIA (25 News Now) – R’Bonney Gabriel becomes the 9th woman from the USA to hold the title of Miss Universe. She was also the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA.

According to the Miss Universe website:

“R’Bonney is an eco-friendly fashion designer, model, and sewing instructor with an excitement for life. She attributes her opportunistic outlook to her upbringing immersed in the arts, sports, and travel.

As a high-school volleyball player who pivoted to fashion, she quickly fell in love with constructing designs with fabrics and textiles at the young age of 15. At the University of North Texas, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design with a Minor in Fibers in 2018.

She is currently CEO of her own sustainable clothing line, R’Bonney Nola.R’Bonney is the lead sewing instructor at Magpies & Peacocks, a Houston based non-profit design house that is dedicated to using “Fashion As A Force For Good” through sustainability and community impact. As a “Gucci Changemakers” recipient, they were honored for their work of diverting unwanted textiles and fabrics from landfills and turning them into fashion collections.

Within the “MAKR” program, she teaches sewing classes to women that have survived human trafficking and domestic violence. 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.”

First Runner Up went Venezuela’s Amanda Dudamel, with Second Runner Up going to Dominican Republic’s Andreina Martinez.

Others women who made it to the Top 16 include Puerto Rico, Haiti, Australia, Laos (for the first time), South Africa, Portugal, Canada, Peru, Trinidad & Tobago, Curacao, India, Spain & Colombia.

The Philippines did not make the Top 16 finals for the first time in 12 years.

84 women from across the world competed in the 71st Miss Universe competition held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.

The women spent two weeks in the Big Easy attending Mardi Gras events, rehearsals conducting interviews with media and making appearances, competing in preliminary contests and visiting the sites in Louisiana.

Gabriel was crowned by the 70th Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu, from India. It was the first time in 20 years India has held the title.

The last time a Miss USA went on to win Miss Universe was Olivia Culpo 2012.

Miss Universe is part of the “Big 5″ International pageants in the world including Miss Earth, Miss Supranational, Miss International and Miss Globe.

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