USA’s R’Bonney Gabriel is Miss Universe 2022! The titleholder won the pageant’s 71st edition held at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana, in the United States on January 14 (January 15 in PH time).
Watch Miss Universe 2022 R’Bonney Gabriel’s crowning moment below!
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Gabriel inherited the title from 2021 Miss Universe Harnaaz Sandhu and bested the other 82 candidates after making history as the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA. A fashion designer and model by profession, she was born in Texas which state she represented in the country’s pageant. The beauty queen, however, has a Filipino father (Remigio Bonzon “R. Bon” Gabriel) and an American mother (Dana Walker).
Taking the first runner-up spot was Venezuela’s Amanda Dudamel, while Dominican Republic’s Andreína Martínez was proclaimed second runner-up.
Philippines’ Celeste Cortesi did not place in the Top 16, ending the country’s 12-year streak of securing a spot in the Miss Universe semifinals. Venus Raj started the streak in 2010, finishing fifth in the competition held in the US that year. Holding the record for the longest Miss Universe semi-finals streak with 22 uninterrupted placements from 1977 to 1998 is the USA.
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