Miss United States R'Bonney Gabriel was chosen this Saturday in New Orleans (USA) Miss Universe 2022. The winner of the contest succeeds the Indian Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe 2021, and will have the mission of being the face of a new stage of the organization of the contest focused on defending the gender equity and women's rights.
The first and second finalists were chosen, respectively, Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamely Miss Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez.
These three candidates came out of a group of 16 semifinalists, which also included candidates from Spain, Haiti, Australia, Laos, South Africa, Portugal, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao, India and Colombia. The group was then reduced to five with the final three plus Puerto Rico and Curaçao.
The new universal beauty queen is the first woman to origen filipino to have achieved the title of Miss United States. Her father, Remigio Bonzon "R. Bon" Gabriel, is a Filipino who came to the country to study psychology at the University of Southern California. Her mother, Dana walker, is American.
The model and Miss Universe 2012 Olivia Culpo and the American host Jeannie Mai were the hosts of the gala, which took place at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center.
Rapper and Hip-Hop singer Big Freediathe band Big Sam's Funky Nation, the violinist Amanda Shaw, the group Tank and The Bangas and the singer Yolanda Adams were in charge of the musical part of the ceremony, in which the Afro-French culture of the city and the typical American country were marked .
Big Freedia was also part of the jury, completed by the Cuban journalist and presenter Myrka Dellanos, Miss Universe 2010, the Mexican Ximena Navarrete, the Roku company executive Sweta Patel, Miss Universe 1998 Wendy Fitzwilliam, the actress and journalist Emily Austin and the CEO and founder of O Skin Med Spa Olivia Quido.