Miss Universe: R’Bonney Gabriel turns into first Filipino American winner | Ents & Arts Information

R’Bonney Gabriel – a clothier, mannequin and stitching trainer from Texas – has turn into the primary Filipino American to win Miss Universe.

Final 12 months, she grew to become the primary Filipino American to win the Miss USA title.

Girls representing 84 completely different international locations took half within the 71st Miss Universe competitors, held in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Saturday.

The competition, which prior to now has been labelled sexist, consists of “private statements, in depth interviews and numerous classes together with night robe and swimwear”.

Gabriel is a former highschool volleyball participant and graduate of the College of North Texas. A brief bio on the organisation’s web site says she can be CEO of her personal sustainable clothes line, R’Bonney Nola.

Within the ultimate stage Q&A, she was requested how she would show Miss Universe was “an empowering and progressive organisation” if she had been to win.

The 28-year-old spoke about utilizing recycled supplies in her style designs and instructing stitching to survivors of human trafficking and home violence.

She concluded: “All of us have one thing particular, and once we plant these seeds to different folks in our life, we remodel them and we use that as a car for change.”

Thee 71st Miss Universe pageant, in New Orleans. Pic: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert
The competition was held in New Orleans. Pic: AP Photograph/Gerald Herbert

The panel of 10 judges included two former winners, in addition to a musician, actress, dermatologist, clothier, journalist, and a former Miss USA.

Miss Venezuela took second place and Miss Dominican Republic got here third.

Final 12 months’s winner, Harnaaz Sandhu of India, introduced Gabriel together with her tiara, sash and bouquet.

The pageant additionally put a highlight on psychological well being, with the mom of former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst – who had been identified with melancholy and took her personal life in January final 12 months – paying tribute to her daughter.

Miss Universe introduced a brand new fund in partnership with the Nationwide Alliance on Psychological Sickness and named in Kryst’s honour.

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Miss Universe Group proprietor Anne Jakkaphong hailed it as a “new period” for the competitors, saying “any further it is going to be run by girls, owned by a trans lady, for all girls world wide to have fun the ability of feminism”.

The 43-year-old billionaire and transgender activist is the CEO of JKN World Group PCL, the Thai media firm that purchased the Miss Universe Group for $20m (£16.6m) final October.

Between 1996 and 2015 the rights to the pageant had been part-owned by former US president Donald Trump.

Ms Jakkaphong, who has beforehand stated she was impressed by chat present host Oprah Winfrey, has typically spoken about life as a transgender lady, and is now the primary lady to host a magnificence pageant within the US.

Below the competitors’s new possession, guidelines have been relaxed to permit moms and married and divorced girls to enter for the primary time in 70 years.

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