Fil-Am beauty queen wins Miss USA pageant

R'Bonney Gabriel was crowned Miss USA.

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10/06/2022 06:03 PM
Fil-Am beauty queen wins Miss USA pageant
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The newly crowned Miss USA is a Filipino-American beauty queen.

R'Bonney Gabriel, who represented Texas, was crowned Miss USA on October 3 in Reno, Nevada. 

Aside from winning the crown, she also bagged the Best in Costume award. Other candidates who made it to the top 5 were North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, and Illinois.

In the question and answer portion, R'Bonney was asked what she would do to help address the impacts of climate change.

In her answer, the Fil-Am beauty queen highlighted the importance of committing to sustainable ways in one's lifestyles and work.

"I think there are ways we can implement addressing climate change within our careers or our lifestyle. It's as easy as adding a recycle bin to your house—everybody can do that—or being creative... you can also implement it in your job," she said.


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R'Bonney added, "I am a fashion designer, I actually made the outfit I'm wearing, and I upcycle pieces and recycle different clothing to be more sustainable in my industry because I feel like it's my duty... We can all look for ways in our certain industries, or in our homes, to be sustainable as well."

In July, she made history as the first Asian-American to win the Miss Texas USA title.

The beauty queen has always been vocal about her heritage.  

"My dad moved to America from the Philippines on a college scholarship with about $20 in his pocket. He wanted to pave a new life for himself. He met my mom in Texas, who is a country woman from Beaumont. I'm a very proud Filipina Texan," she said in an interview with ABC News.

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The Fil-Am beauty queen will be the representative of the USA at the upcoming 71st Miss Universe pageant which will be held at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14, 2023.

She will compete against beauty queens from all over the world including Miss Universe Philippines winner Celeste Cortesi.