Who is R’Bonney Gabriel?  Miss Universe 2023 Winner Facts – Hollywood Life

Who is R’Bonney Gabriel? Miss Universe 2023 Winner Facts – Hollywood Life

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Who is R’Bonney Gabriel?  Miss Universe 2023 Winner Facts – Hollywood Life

Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe India 2021, competes on stage in her evening dress of choice during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition at Universe Arena in Eilat, Israel on December 10, 2021.  December 12 at 7pm ET to see who will be the next Miss Universe.

Julieta Garcia, Miss Universe Argentina 2021, competes on stage in her evening dress of choice during the MISS UNIVERSE® Preliminary Competition at Universe Arena in Eilat, Israel on December 10, 2021.  Tune in to the LIVE broadcast on FOX and Telemundo on Sunday.  December 12 at 7pm ET to see who will be the next Miss Universe.

Photo credit: Benjamin Askinas R’Bonney was the first Filipino American to win Miss Texas USA and Miss Universe. R’Bonney’s father moved to America from the Philippines with $20 in his pocket. R’Bonney enjoys backpacking and hula-hooping in her free time.
R'Boney Gabriel R’Bonney Gabriel was the winner of the Miss Universe 2023 pageant held on January 14, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo: Benjamin Askinas)

The winner of the 71st Miss Universe pageant was American contestant R’Bonney Gabriel. The 28-year-old American beauty from Houston, Texas was crowned Miss Universe on January 14, 2023 in New Orleans, Louisiana. In the breathtaking final moments of this year’s competition, R’Bonney held hands with Miss Venezuela 2022, Amanda Dudamel. Miss Universe 2023 pageant hosts former Miss Universe Olivia Culpo, 30, and Emmy Award-winning producer and TV host Jeannie Mai Jenkins, 44, announced the winner after a long hiatus. Needless to say, the New Orleans crowd went ballistic when they announced that the winner was from the United States. Read below for 5 things you need to know about R’Bonney.

R'Bonney Gabriel R’Bonney Gabriel was the winner of the Miss Universe 2023 pageant. She works as a fashion designer creating eco-friendly clothing. (Image credit: Benjamin Askinas)

1. R’Bonney interned after college for famed designer Nicole Miller

R’Bonney graduated from the University of Northern Texas and moved to NYC after college. Luckily she got a great job as an intern for the famous fashion designer Nicole Miller. While working for NICole Miller, she learned the value of creating her own outfits. She prides herself on creating all of her own outfits for interviews and rehearsals.

2. R’Bonney created eco-friendly fashion designs

R’Bonney’s biography states that she is an “eco-friendly fashion designer, sewing instructor for domestic violence survivors, artist who helps women learn tools for success, and advocate for sustainability in the fashion industry.” Dress was made from a coat she found at a thrift store, which she turned into a dress.

3. R’Bonney’s father moved to America with $20 in his pocket

R’Bonney told ABC News’ Houston affiliate in October 2022, “My dad moved to America from the Philippines on a college scholarship and had about $20 in his pocket. He wanted to start a new life. He met my mother in Texas, a country woman from Beaumont. I am a very proud Filipino Texan.”

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4. R’Bonney was the first Filipino American to win Miss Texas USA

R’Bonney was the first Filipino American to be Miss Texas USA. When asked about the honor during an interview in December 2021, she said: “I get messages on Instagram and just social media from Filipino girls and women telling me they are so excited, they are so happy. They cry tears of joy because they’re inspired to seek pomp or something,” she added. “Like I’m paving the way for them to just do what they want, no matter what it is. So it’s an honor.”

5. R’Bonney reveals backpacking & hula hooping takes up her free time

R’Bonney knew what she wanted from a young age — and she went after it. The Miss Universe winner started sewing at the age of 15. According to R’Bonney, she just fell in love with the sewing process and enjoyed creating things out of fabrics and textiles. According to her bio, when she’s not making eco-friendly clothing, her free time includes backpacking, hula hooping, and reading.

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