R’Bonney Gabriel of USA topped Miss Universe
She’s outta this world!
R’Bonney Gabriel was topped Miss Universe on her private turf Saturday night — beating out 83 totally different beauties for the best honor.
The 28-year-old clothier and model — who turned the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA last yr — edged out runner-up Amanda Dudamel of Venezuela on the keep rivals in New Orleans.
Andreína Martínez Founier of the Dominican Republic took home third.
Gabriel is the ninth Miss USA to reign supreme as Miss Universe.
The Texas native, who runs her private sustainable garments line, R’Bonney Nola, talked about she would use her title to vary right into a “transformational leader.”
“As a very passionate designer — been sewing for 13 years — I use fashion as a force for good,” Gabriel talked about by way of the prime three question spherical.
“In my commerce, I’m decreasing down on air air pollution by way of recycled provides as soon as I make my garments. I educate stitching classes to women which have survived from human trafficking and residential violence.
“And I say that because it is so important to invest in others, invest in our community, and use your unique talent to make a difference. 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.”
Last yr’s Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu of India positioned the glittering crown on Gabriel’s head sooner than the newly-minted Miss Universe took her first stroll contained within the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
The Miss Universe Organization chosen the venue in honor of the late Cheslie Kryst, who was topped Miss USA within the similar venue in 2019.
The pageant paid a selected tribute to Kryst, who jumped to her dying in New York last January, just a few weeks after she appeared as a TV correspondent for the seventieth Miss Universe rivals.
The group carried out a short memorial video of the earlier model smiling and competing, and even included an inspiring quote Kryst shared all through her time on the Miss USA stage.
“No matter where you start, the possibilities for your future are limited only by the depths of your own imagination,” Kryst talked about.
Kryst’s mom took the stage to announce that the National Alliance on Mental Illness established the Cheslie Kryst Memorial Fund for Mental Health in her honor.
“Cheslie dealt with high-functioning depression,” her mom, April Simpkins, talked about on the rivals stage. “The Chelsie you saw didn’t always match the way she felt inside. Just because someone tells you they’re fine, doesn’t mean they are.”