PEORIA (25 News Now) – R’Bonney Gabriel has become the ninth woman from the United States 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 a passion for life. I think.
A high school volleyball player who turned to fashion, at the tender age of 15, she quickly fell in love with constructing designs with fabrics and textiles. Textile of the year 2018.
She is now CEO of her own sustainable clothing line, R’Bonney Nola. R’Bonney is the lead of her Magpies & Peacocks, a Houston-based nonprofit design her house, her sewing her instructor, and is dedicated to using “Fashion As A Force For Good.” Through sustainability and community impact. She was awarded “Gucci Her Changemakers” for her work in diverting her unwanted fibers and fabrics from landfills and turning them into her fashion collections.
The MAKR program teaches sewing classes to women who have survived trafficking and domestic violence. As the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, she shares the importance of embracing your culture. We are honored to open the door to and be featured in Vogue Philippines. R’Bonney’s mission is for women and young girls to see themselves in her and feel inspired to achieve their goals by owning themselves. “
First place went to Amanda Dudamel from Venezuela and second place went to Andreina Martinez from the Dominican Republic.
Other women in the top 16 include Puerto Rico, Haiti, Australia, Laos (for the first time), South Africa, Portugal, Canada, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago, Curacao, India, Spain and Colombia.
The Philippines missed the Top 16 finals for the first time in 12 years.
Eighty-four women from around the world competed in the 71st Miss Universe pageant held in New Orleans, Louisiana at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The women spent two weeks at the Big Easy, attended Mardi Gras events, interviewed and performed with the media at rehearsals, competed in preliminary contests, and visited sites in Louisiana.
Gabriel was crowned by India’s 70th Miss Universe Harunaz Sandhu. It is the first time in 20 years that India holds the title.
The last time Miss USA won Miss Universe was Olivia Culpo 2012.
Miss Universe is part of the world’s “Big 5” international pageants, including Miss Earth, Miss Supranational, Miss International and Miss Globe.
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