Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel wins Miss Universe Competition
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — R’Bonney Gabriel, a clothier, mannequin and stitching teacher from Texas who competitors officers stated is the primary Filipino American to win Miss USA, was topped Miss Universe on Saturday night time.
Gabriel closed her eyes and clasped arms with runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel, for the time being of the dramatic reveal of the winner, then beamed after her title was introduced.
Thumping music rang out, and she or he was handed a bouquet of flowers, draped within the winner’s sash and topped with a tiara onstage on the 71st Miss Universe Competitors, held in New Orleans.
The second runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic, Andreina Martinez.
Within the Q&A on the final stage of the competitors for the three finalists, Gabriel was requested how she would work to exhibit Miss Universe is “an empowering and progressive group” if she have been to win.
“I’d use it to be a transformational chief,” she responded, citing her work utilizing recycled supplies in her style design and instructing stitching to survivors of human trafficking and home violence.
“It’s so necessary to put money into others, put money into our group and use your distinctive expertise to make a distinction,” Gabriel continued. “All of us have one thing particular, and after we plant these seeds to different folks in our life, we rework them and we use that as a automobile for change.”
In line with Miss Universe, Gabriel is a former highschool volleyball participant and graduate of the College of North Texas. A brief bio posted on the group’s web site stated she can also be CEO of her personal sustainable clothes line.
Almost 90 contestants from world wide took half within the competitors, organizers stated, involving “private statements, in depth interviews and varied classes together with night robe & swimwear.”
Miss Curacao, Gabriela Dos Santos, and Miss Puerto Rico, Ashley Carino, rounded out the highest 5 finalists.
Final 12 months’s winner was Harnaaz Sandhu of India.