Ang Filipino-American fashion designer mula sa USA na si R'Bonney Gabriel ang nanalo bilang Miss Universe 2022.
Ipinasa ni Miss Universe 2021 Harnaaz Kaur Sandhu ng India ang "Force for Good" crown ng Miss Universe kay R'Bonney sa grand coronation ng 71st Miss Universe na ginanap sa New Orleans Memorial Convention Center sa Louisiana, USA, Sabado ng gabi, January 14, 2023 (Linggo ng umaga, January 15, 2023, sa Pilipinas).
Itinanghal bilang 1st runner-up si Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel.
Second runner-up naman si Miss Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez.
Pasok sa Top 5 sina Miss Puerto Rico Ashley Cariño at Miss Curaçao Gabriëla Dos Santos.
Dalawang beses sumabak sa question-and-answer segment si R'Bonney upang mapanalunan ang korona.
Sa Top 5 question-and-answer segment, ang tanong ng judge na si Mara Martin: "Miss Universe recently made an inclusive change about allowing mothers and married women to compete this year. What's another change you'd like to see and why?"
Sagot ni R'Bonney: "For me, I'd like to see an age increase because I am 28 years old and that is the oldest age to compete and I think it's a beautiful thing.
"My favorite quote is 'If not now then when?' I believe age does not define us. It's not yesterday, it's now, the time is now, and you can go after what you want."
Pare-pareho naman ang tanong na sinagot ang Top 3 sa second round ng Q&A.
Ang tanong na kanilang sinagot: "If you win Miss Universe, how are you to demonstrate this as an empowering and progressive organization?"
Ang winning answer ni R'Bonney: "Well, I would use it as a transformational leader. As a very passionate designer, I've been sewing for 13 years, I use fashion as a force for good.
"In my industry, I'm cutting down on pollution through recycled 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.
"We all have 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."
Si R'Bonney ang ika-siyam na representative ng USA na itinanghal bilang Miss Universe.
Ang huling Miss Universe titleholder ng USA bago si R'Bonney ay si Olivia Culpo, na insidentally ay siyang nagsilbing host ng pageant ngayong taon.
Si R'Bonney ay may dugong Filipino.
Pinoy ang tatay niyang si Remigio Bonzon "R. Bon" Gabriel na mula sa Manila. Ang kanyang ina naman ay ang American na si Dana Walker.
Ipinanganak si R'Bonney sa Houston, Texas.
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