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Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel wins the Miss Universe pageant

New Orleans — R’Bonney Gabriel, a stylist, model and seamstress instructor from Texas who competition officials said is the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, was crowned Miss Universe Saturday night.

Gabrielle closed her eyes and clasped her hands with the Miss Venezuela runner-up, Amanda Dudamel, for the moment of the dramatic reveal of the winner, then stormed off after announcing her name.

Loud music sounded, and she was handed a bouquet of flowers, wrapped in the winner’s sash and crowned with a crown on stage at the 71st Miss Universe contest, held in New Orleans.

in Q& A In the final stage of the competition for the three finalists, Gabrielle is asked how she would work to prove that Miss Universe is an “enabling and progressive organization” if she were to win.

“I will use it to be a transformational leader,” she replied, citing her work using recycled materials in 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.”

The rights to the contest — which were owned in part by former President Donald Trump — were bought last year by a Thai businessman and transgender activist for $20 million from IMG Worldwide LLC, a New York-based talent and sports marketing firm.

Chakrapong “Ann” Chakragathep, who controls JKN Global Group Public Co. Ltd. , is a reality show star in Thailand who speaks openly about being a transgender woman.

Chakragathep said when the purchase was announced in October that she wanted to “develop the brand for the next generation”.

According to Miss Universe, 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 the CEO of its own sustainable clothing line.

“We all have something special, and when we plant that seed for other people in our lives, we transform it and use it as a vehicle for change,” Gabriel said.

Organizers said nearly 90 contestants from around the world took part in the competition, which included “personal statements, in-depth interviews, and different categories including evening dress.” & Swimwear.”

The second runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic, Andrina Martinez.

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

Last year’s winner was Harnaz Sandhu from India.

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