Fil-Am R'Bonney Gabriel is crowned Miss USA


Posted at Oct 04 2022 12:11 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2022 05:09 PM

Miss USA 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel. Photo from Miss USA's Facebook page. 
Miss USA 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel. Photo from Miss USA's Facebook page. 

(UPDATED) A Filipino-American beauty queen is the new Miss USA.

R'Bonney Gabriel of Texas was crowned Miss USA 2022 on October 3 in Reno, Nevada, beating 50 other candidates. 

She will represent the United States in the Miss Universe pageant in January 2023, and will compete with the likes of the Philippines' Celeste Cortesi.

Aside from the Miss USA title, Gabriel also won Best in Costume.


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During the question and answer round, Gabriel was asked about addressing the impacts of climate change by judge Soo Yeon Lee.

She stressed the importance of incorporating sustainability into one's work and everyday life, citing what she has been doing as a fashion designer. 

"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. 

"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," she ended.

The rest of the Top 5 in Miss USA 2022 included representatives from North Carolina, Nebraska, Ohio, and Illinois.


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Gabriel made history last July when she became the first Asian-American to be crowned Miss Texas USA.

She founded the eco-conscious fashion label R'Bonney Nola and is also a sewing instructor for the non-profit design house Magpies & Peacocks, which promotes environmental sustainability in artistic communities. 

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