R’Bonney Gabriel, a designer, mannequin and stitching teacher from Texas who pageant officers say is the primary Filipino-American to win Miss USA, was topped Miss Universe on Saturday evening.
Throughout the dramatic unveiling of the winner, Gabriela closed her eyes and shook palms with runner-up Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel, however beamed after her identify was introduced.
There was buzzing music and she or he was offered on stage with a bouquet of flowers wrapped in a winner’s sash and topped with a tiara on the 71st Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans.
The second runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez.
In a query and reply session in the course of the last stage of the three-finalist competitors, Gabrielle was requested how she would work to indicate that Miss Universe is a “robust and progressive group” if she received.
“I’d use it to turn out to be a transformational chief,” she replied, referring to her work utilizing recycled supplies in her style designs and educating stitching to survivors of human trafficking and home violence.
“It is so vital to put money into others, put money into our group and use your distinctive expertise to make a distinction,” Gabriel continued. “All of us have one thing particular, and after we plant these seeds in different individuals in our lives, we remodel them and use that as a automobile for change.”
In keeping with Miss Universe, Gabriel is a former highschool volleyball participant and a graduate of the College of North Texas. A brief biography posted on the group’s web site stated she can be the CEO of her personal sustainable clothes line.
The competitors featured almost 90 contestants from world wide, organizers say, involving “private statements, in-depth interviews and quite a lot of classes together with night robes and swimwear.”
Miss Curaçao, Gabriela Dos Santos and Miss Puerto Rico Ashley Carino have been among the many high 5 finalists.
Final yr’s winner was Harnaaz Sandhu from India.