MANILA, Philippines – R’Bonney Gabriel, the Filipino-American beauty queen from Houston, Texas, was crowned Miss USA 2022 on Tuesday morning, October 4 (Monday night, October 3 in the US).
Gabriel bested 49 other candidates 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. Aside 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 that she considers it a “big responsibility” to share her multicultural background and inspire others to be confident in their identities. “I’m a very proud Filipina Texan,” she was quoted as saying.
Following her Miss USA win, Gabriel will now represent the US in the Miss Universe pageant set on January 14, 2023. She will be competing against Miss Universe Philippines 2022 Celeste Cortesi. – Rappler.com