R’Bonney Gabriel from the United States was crowned the 71st Miss Universe on Saturday night in New Orleans, Louisiana. She defeated 84 women from around the world, including Amanda Dudamel from Venezuela and Andreína Martínez from the Dominican Republic.
Gabriel, who became the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA last year, was asked in the Top 5 what change she would like to see in the pageant. She replied that she hopes the age limit for candidates would be increased, as she is 28 years old and that is the oldest age to compete.
Gabriel is a model, fashion designer, and sewing instructor who prioritizes the environment in her work.
R’Bonney Gabriel ethnicity, early life & her parents!
Gabriel is a multi-ethnic individual, born in Houston, Texas to a Filipino father, Remigio Bonzon “R. Bon” Gabriel, and an American mother, Dana Walker. She is one of four children, and has three older brothers.
Her father, who was born and raised in Manila, Philippines, immigrated to Washington State at the age of 25 and later pursued a doctorate degree in psychology at the University of Southern California.
R’Bonney told ABC News that his father moved to America from the Philippines on a college scholarship with only $20 in his pocket, with the goal of building a new life for himself. He met Ramon’s mother, a country woman from Beaumont, Texas, while studying at the University of Houston, where he graduated with a doctorate in psychology.
After graduation, he opened a car repair shop. R’Bonney inherited her father’s passion for education and pursued a degree in fashion design at the University of North Texas. The older Gabriel is also a part-time fashion model. On June 20, 2020, R’Bonney posted photos of Ramon modeling clothing from her eco-friendly brand, R’Bonney Nola.
Her mother, on the other hand, hails from Beaumont, Texas. Gabriel received her education from the University of North Texas, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in fashion design with a minor in fibers. She currently works as a designer creating eco-friendly clothing and also works as a model.