The second runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic, Andreana Martinez.
NEW ORLEANS – R’Bonnie Gabriel, a Texas fashion designer, model. And sewing instructor who pageant officials say is. The first Filipino American to win Miss USA.
During the dramatic reveal of the winner, Gabrielle closed her eyes. And shook hands with the runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel. Then gasped after her name was announced.
The music played, and she was presented with a bouquet of flowers. Draped in the winner’s sash and put on a tiara on stage at the 71st Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans.
The second runner-up was Miss Dominican Republic, Andrena Martinez.
During the final Q&A phase of the competition for the three finalists. Gabrielle was asked how she would work to showcase Miss Universe as “an empowering. And progressive organization” if she won.
“I’ll use it to be a transformational leader,” she responded. Citing her work using recycled materials in her fashion designs. And teaching sewing to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.
“It’s so important to invest in others, invest in our community. And use your unique talents to make a difference.” Continued Gabrielle. “We all have something special, and when we plant those seeds. Into other people in our lives, we transform them. And we use that as a vehicle for change.”
According to Universe, Gabrielle is a former high school volleyball player. And graduate of the University of North Texas. A brief biography posted on the company’s website states. That she is the CEO of her own sustainable clothing line.
About 90 contestants from around the world took part in the competition. Organizers said, involving “personal statements, in-depth interviews. And a variety of categories including evening gowns and swimwear”.
Miss Curacao, Gabriela dos Santos, and Miss Puerto Rico. Ashley Carino, rounded out the top five finalists.