The beauty queen from Texas will represent the USA in the Miss Universe 2022 pageant
MANILA, Philippines – R’Bonney Gabriel, a Filipino-American beauty queen from Houston, Texas, was crowned Miss USA 2022 on Tuesday morning, October 4 (Monday night, October 3 in the US).
Gabrieli beat 49 other contestants in the competition to succeed Miss USA 2021 Elle Smith.
The 28-year-old fashion designer made history in July as the first Filipino-American to be crowned Miss Texas USA. Apart from being a beauty queen, Gabriel is also a model and owner of her fashion label R’ Bonney Nola.
In an interview with ABC News, Gabriel said he considers it a “great responsibility” to share his cultural background and encourage others to be confident in their identity. She said: “I am a proud Filipina Texan.
Following her Miss USA win, Gabriel will now represent the USA at Miss Universe scheduled for January 14, 2023. She will compete against Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi. – Rappler.com