- Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel stated her victory was the “sweetest victory” after allegations of fraud.
- After Gabrielle received Miss USA in October, contestants stated the pageant was rigged in her favor.
Simply hours after R’Bonney Gabriel was topped Miss USA in October, contestants stated the pageant was rigged in her favor.
Quick ahead three months and Gabriel is again within the headlines after successful the 71st Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14. She is the primary American to be topped Miss Universe in a decade.
Gabrielle sat down with Insider this week to debate her journey and the way it felt to win Miss Universe after her Miss USA reign was overshadowed by controversy.
“Let me inform you, it is the sweetest victory. I am so joyful I virtually began crying on stage,” she informed Insider. “I hope it simply proves to everyone, not as revenge, however simply reveals those that I deserve it.”
“It is a highly effective message that I wish to share with the world,” Gabriel added. “Whether or not folks attempt to put you down or have misconceptions about you, you may’t let it get to you. Simply hold going and you will get what you deserve, which is why I am so joyful to be Miss Universe.”.
Greater than a dozen Miss USA contestants stated the 2022 pageant was both rigged or strongly favored Gabriel, who received the title Oct. 3 representing Texas.
The Miss Universe Group launched a third-party investigation and Krystle Stewart, who was Miss USA president on the time, was suspended indefinitely. A consultant for the group informed Insider that the investigation discovered that the outcomes of the Miss USA judges have been precisely recorded and that no winner was pre-selected.
Gabriel informed Insider that the rigging allegations actually “took me out” and have been a “big distraction” in attempting to arrange for Miss Universe.
“I positively did not anticipate it and there have been days after I felt dangerous,” she stated. “I felt very late in my course of, however I all the time had Miss Universe in thoughts.”
“It was actually my help system — my household and my mates and my coaches — who’ve all the time believed in me since day one. They picked me up and helped me get off the bed after I did not really feel prefer it.” she stated. “They inspired me to maintain going.”
Whereas her reign as Miss USA was full of inauspicious moments, Gabrielle stated she believes it made her “even stronger.”
“As Miss Universe, I am much more within the public eye and the unfavorable feedback will come daily,” she stated. “However I really feel like I can deal with them. I’ve actually been capable of mirror on who I’m and be robust and imagine that I deserve it.”