Miss Universe R’Bonnie Gabriel’s style of victory has been made all of the sweeter after pageant officers got here to her protection following unfounded claims that the pageant was rigged — once more.
“Profitable Miss Universe after going by means of every part is probably the most lovely, sweetest victory,” she advised E! Information.
The 28-year-old from Texas turned the pageant’s oldest winner and the primary Filipino-American winner on January 14 in New Orleans. She can also be the primary American to grow to be Miss Universe since Olivia Culpo gained in 2012.
Allegations of fixing started in October after the shedding contestant from Montana claimed that “most” of the ladies within the Miss USA pageant felt Gabrielle was proven favoritism.
One contestant claimed that Gabriel was “allowed to stroll otherwise” than the opposite contestants, in response to NBC Information. Miss Missouri advised Insider, “Lots of the women on the pageant believed that ‘it was the group’s plan from the start’ for Gabriel to win. A number of contestants left the stage early when the identify of the brand new Miss USA was introduced.
Gabriel advised E! October Information She has an excessive amount of “integrity” to attend a faux occasion.
“I’d by no means enter any pageant or contest that I do know I will win,” she mentioned.
On-line claims that the Miss Universe pageant was rigged drew a response from pageant officers, who known as the allegations “baseless” and “absurd” distractions. Gabriel noticed the newest spherical of rumblings as simply one other bump in a protracted highway.
“I feel it occurred in my life to hopefully present folks resilience and how one can maintain going it doesn’t matter what,” she mentioned after her second pageant win in three months.