MISS USA IS THE NEW MISS UNIVERSE!
Fil-Am R’Bonney Gabriel, a Filipino-American from the United States of America, entered the Top 5 of the 71st Miss Universe pageant. On Sunday, January 15, Filipina Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned Miss Universe 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Gabriel topped 83 other contenders to become the United States’ ninth representative to win the title. Harnaaz Sandhu of India was replaced by the Filipina-American beauty queen. Amanda Dudamel (Venezuela) was the first runner-up, while Andrena Martnez (Dominican Republican) was the second runner-up.
During the question-and-answer round with the Top 5 finalists of Miss Universe 2022, Miss USA (R’Bonney Gabriel) was asked about a change allowing mothers and married women to compete this year. What further change would you like to see and why? Gabriel said, “For me, I would like to see an age increase because I am 28 years old, and that is the oldest age to compete. I think it’s a beautiful thing. My favorite quote is ‘If not now then when?’ Because as a woman, I believe age does not define us. It’s not tomorrow. It’s not yesterday, but it’s now the time is now that you can go after what you want.” (Via: The Philippine Star)
The 71st Miss Universe pageant was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.
About R’Bonney Nola Gabriel?
R’Bonney Nola Gabriel (born March 20, 1994) was Miss USA 2022 and Miss Universe 2022, becoming the 9th American and oldest titleholder. Gabriel was born in Houston, Texas to Filipino father Remigio Bonzon “R. Bon” Gabriel and American mother Dana Walker. Three elder brothers. Manila-born her father. He moved to Washington state aged 25 and earned his psychology Ph.D. at USC. Texas-born mother. She graduated from the University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in fashion design with a minor in fibers.