R'Bonney Gabriel Is Miss Universe 2022

R'Bonney Gabriel bested other 83 candidates and was crowned as Miss Universe 2022, Sunday, January 15, in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.SA.

R'Bonney Gabriel Wins Miss Universe 2022 Pageant

The beauty queen from the United States made history twice last year when she became the first Asian American woman to win the title of Miss Texas USA in June and then the first Filipina to win Miss USA in October.

Speaking with ABC13, Gabriel shared how her win was a dream come true, especially since it had been 14 years since Texas took home the Miss USA crown. She said:

"It all happened so fast. When they called my name, I didn't realize I won. It was probably about five seconds and I'm not reacting. Then I felt that sash come over me. It was just such a rush of feelings and I tell people you kind of black out because there's so much going on. It was just pure, utter shock really."

For starters, the mother of R'Bonney Gabriel is from Beaumont, and her father is an immigrant from the Philippines. To her, preserving and celebrating her culture has always been a priority.

R'Bonney Gabriel said:

"I took that win home for my family, for my community, for Houston, for Texas, and for the Asian American community."

Who is Miss Universe 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel?

Her commitment to environmental sustainability in the fashion business is well-known.

R'Bonney Gabriel was a high school volleyball player who switched to fashion at age 15 and fell in love with creating designs with materials and textiles. In 2018, she completed her bachelor's degree in fashion design at the University of North Texas.

The beauty queen is currently the head sewing instructor at Magpies and Peacocks in the EaDo neighbourhood, training domestic violence and human trafficking survivors. The mission of the non-profit design firm is to use "fashion as a force for good" by emphasizing sustainability and community impact.

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