And the winner of the Miss Universe 2022 pageant is… Miss USA Gabriel R’Bonney.
The beauty queen, a 28-year-old fashion designer, won the title on Jan. 14 at the annual international pageant, held this year in New Orleans and broadcast on the Roku channel.
According to her Miss Universe profile, R’Bonney is the primary sewing instructor at Magpies & Peacocks, a Houston-based nonprofit design house dedicated to using “Fashion As A Force For Good” through sustainability and community impact. She is the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA and her mission is “for women and girls to see themselves in her and be inspired to achieve their goals by owning who they are.”
More than 80 women competed for the title of Miss Universe 2022. The first runner-up was Amanda Dudamel of Venezuela while the second runner-up went to Andreina Martinez Founier of the Dominican Republic. The other finalists came from Puerto Rico and Curaçao.
R’Bonney succeeds last year’s winner, Harnaaz Sandhou of India, and Miss Universe 2020, Andrea Meza from Mexico.