R’Bonney Gabriel Wiki, Biography
Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel is the 71st Miss Universe, as announced by hosts Jeannie Mai-Jenkins and Olivia Culpo on Saturday, January 14. The event took place at the New Orleans Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
For her part, Amanda Dudamel, representing Venezuela, was crowned first runner-up, and Miss Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez was named second runner-up. R’Bonney Gabriel is from Texas and at 28 is the oldest starter in the competition. Gabriel is a fashion designer by profession and often creates many eco-friendly dresses.
Meet the 71st Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel
R’Bonney wowed the judges with her comment about the age restrictions placed on the competition and asked them to remove the rule in the question and answer round. Gabriel has a bachelor’s degree in fashion design with a concentration in fibers from the University of North Texas.
Gabriel was born in Houston, Texas on March 20, 1994. Her father is Filipino while her mother is American. She has three older brothers and her father, Remigio Bonzon, immigrated to the United States at the age of 25.
In addition to being a fashion designer, R’Bonney is also a model. She joined the pageant in 2020 and was ranked in the top 5 finalists for Miss Kemah USA the same year. In 2021, R’Bonney became the first runner-up at Miss Texas USA 2021 when Victoria Hinojosa won the title.
Gabriel became the first Asian-American Miss Texas USA in 2022 and was crowned the first Miss USA of Filipino descent on October 3, 2022.
In the contest, she was asked questions about her priority on the issue of women’s vulnerability “to the impact of climate change”. Gabriel wowed the audience with her lengthy response about recycling her own clothes and adding recycling bins to homes.
She was crowned Miss Universe 2022 by Harnaaz Sandhu on January 14 as she wore a dazzling, crystal-encrusted black gown and tied her hair up in a bun. Gabriel also revealed in her latest round of Q&A that she uses “fashion for good” like giving out sewing machines to victims of domestic violence.
She is associated with the organization Magpies & Peacocks, through which she gives sewing classes to other ladies in need. She is CEO and founder of her own sustainable clothing line R’Bonney Nola. R’Bonney defeated 83 other women in the 71st Miss Universe competition to win the crown and a $250,000 cash prize.