R'Bonney Gabriel of Friendswood, first Filipina Miss Texas and Miss USA, wins Miss Universe

R'Bonney Gabriel, the first Filipina Texan to win Miss Texas USA and Miss USA, has a new title: Miss Universe. The 28-year-old from Friendswood was...

January 15, 2023
4:48 PM

R'Bonney Gabriel, the first Filipina Texan to win Miss Texas USA and Miss USA, has a new title: Miss Universe. The 28-year-old from Friendswood was crowned the 71st Miss Universe in New Orleans Saturday night, beating out runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel, according to the Associated Press. The new Miss Universe is USA!!! #MISSUNIVERSE pic.twitter.com/7vryvLV92Y — Miss Universe (@MissUniverse) January 15, 2023 Gabriel is an eco-friendly fashion designer, model and sewing instructor who crafted several of her own outfits for competition at the Miss USA competition in October, where she placed first against runner-up Morgan Romano of North Carolina.

Megan Munce