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Houston, Texas’s R’Bonney Gabriel crowned Miss Universe 2022 in New Orleans, Louisiana

R’Bonney Nola Gabriel, 28, of Houston, Texas, United States is Miss Universe 2022. She was crowned in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Hosted by Jeannie Mai and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo, the Miss Universe 2022 coronation night was held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans on January 14, 2023. Zuri Hall and Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray were the live commentators.

R'Bonney Nola Gabriel (©Miss Universe)
R’Bonney Nola Gabriel (©Miss Universe)
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Including Gabriel, a total of 84 women competed for the Miss Universe 2022 crown, which was crafted by Mouawad. The judges were Big Freedia, Mara Martin, Emily Austin, Olivia Quido, Myrka Dellanos, Sweta Patel, Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam and Miss Universe 2010 Ximena Navarrete.

“If you win Miss Universe, how would you work to demonstrate this as an empowering and progressive organization?” Gabriel and the two other finalists were asked in the final question-and-answer portion. She answered, “Well, I would use it to be a transformational leader.”

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“As a very passionate designer, I’ve been sewing for 13 years,” Gabriel continued. “I use fashion as a force for good. In my industry, I’m cutting down on pollution through recycling materials when I make my clothing.”

“I teach sewing classes to women that have survived from human trafficking and domestic violence and I say that because it is so important to invest in others, invest in our community and use your unique talent to make a difference,” the Filipino-American designer added. “We all gave something special and when we plant those seeds to other people in our life, we transform them and we use that as a vehicle for change.”

Runner-up to Gabriel was Amanda Dudamel, 23, of Venezuela while Andreina Martínez, 25, of the Dominican Republic was second runner-up. Gabriëla Dos Santos, 20, of Curacao and Ashley Cariño, 28, of Puerto Rico finished in the Top 5.

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