Who is R’Bonney Gabriel, the United States’ candidate at Miss Universe?

The United States remains the Miss Universe’s most successful nation with eight wins so far. Previous winners include Miriam Jacqueline Stevenson (1954), Carol Ann Laverne (1956), Linda Jeanne Bement (1960), Sylvia Louise Hitchcock (1967), Shawn Nichols Weatherly (1980), Chelsi Mariam-Pearl Smith (1995), Brook Antoinette Mahealani (1997) and Olivia Frances Culpo (2012).

For the 2022 edition, the US will be represented by R’Bonney Gabriel, who is also the first Asia American to be crowned Miss Texas in 2022.

Who is R’Bonney Gabriel

R’Bonney Gabriel was born in San Antonio, Texas on March 20, 1994. She is the daughter of Remigio Bonzon “R. Bon” Gabriel, a Filipino who immigrated to the United States at the age of 25 to pursue his degree in psychology at the University of Southern California, and an American mother named Dana Walker.

Gabriel’s first taste of pageantry came in 2020 when she took part in the Miss Kemah contest placing in the Top 5.

She would then take part in the Miss Texas USA 2021 competition losing out only to Victoria Hinojosa. Gabriel would enter the Miss Texas pageant once again in 2022, this time winning the competition outright. She would then go on to win the Miss USA award becoming the first Miss USA of Flipino descent.