NEW ORLEANS (AP) Jan,15– Her designer, model and sewing instructor, R’Bonney Gabriel, is the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, according to contest officials. I won the Miss Universe crown on Saturday night.
Gabrielle closed her eyes in the moment of the dramatic announcement of the winner, Miss runner-up She shook hands with Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel, and she smiled after her name was announced.
The 71st Annual Miss Universe in New Orleans On stage during her pageant, music was played in full swing, she was presented with her bouquet, wrapped in the winner’s sash, and crowned with her tiara.
The runner-up is Andreina Martinez from the Dominican Republic.
During the final stage Q&A of the competition for the three finalists, Gabrielle asked how Miss Universe would prove to be an “empowering and progressive organization” if she won. was given.
“I would use it to be a transformational leader,” she responded, citing her work using recycled materials in her fashion design and teaching sewing to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.
“It is so important to invest in others, invest in our community and use your unique talent to make a difference,” Gabriel continued. “We all have something special, and when we plant those seeds to other people in our life, we transform them and we use that as a vehicle for change.”
According to Miss Universe, Gabriel is a former high school volleyball player and graduate of the University of North Texas. A short bio posted on the organization’s website said she is also CEO of her own sustainable clothing line.
Nearly 90 contestants from around the world took part in the competition, organizers said, involving “personal statements, in depth interviews and various categories including evening gown & swimwear.”
Miss Curacao, Gabriela Dos Santos, and Miss Puerto Rico, Ashley Carino, rounded out the top five finalists. Last year’s winner was Harnaaz Sandhu from India.