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Miss USA, R’Bonney Gabriel, wins Miss Universe 2023, takes over from India’s Harnaaz Sandhu

Gabriel is a former high school volleyball player and graduate of the University of North Texas. A short bio posted on the organization’s website said she is also CEO of her own sustainable clothing line.

by Tosin Deba

R’Bonney Gabriel, a fashion designer, model and sewing instructor from Texas, United States of America, has beecrowned Miss Universe.

Gabriel, who is the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, was crowned on Saturday night.

In the Q&A at the last stage of the competition for the three finalists, Gabriel was asked how she would work to demonstrate her new position and she said Miss Universe is “an empowering and progressive organization.”

“I would use it to be a transformational leader,” she responded, citing her work using recycled materials in her fashion design and teaching sewing to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

“It is so important to invest in others, invest in our community and use your unique talent to make a difference,” Gabriel added.

“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.”

Gabriel is a former high school volleyball player and graduate of the University of North Texas. A short bio posted on the organization’s website said she is also CEO of her own sustainable clothing line.

Nearly 90 contestants from around the world took part in the competition which involved “personal statements, in-depth interviews and various categories including evening gown & swimwear.”

Miss Curacao, Gabriela Dos Santos, and Miss Puerto Rico, Ashley Carino, rounded out the top five finalists.

Last year’s winner was Harnaaz Sandhu of India.

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