Miss Texas R’Bonney Gabriel is the new Miss USA. Gabriel won this year’s contest held at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada on Oct. 3, trouncing 50 other candidates, adding 1st runner-up Miss North Carolina Morgan Romano and 2nd runner-up Miss Nebraska Natalie Pieper.
Here are some things you can know about our new Miss USA
Miss USA is the first Asian American to earn the Miss Texas USA title Before competing in the Miss USA 2022 beauty pageant, Gabriel, who hails from Houston, made history when she became the first Asian American to be crowned Miss Texas USA.
Miss USA is proud of her Filipina blood In a previous interview, Gabriel revealed she’s a proud Filipina Texan. She shared that her dad, a Filipino, moved from the Philippines to the U.S. on a college scholarship with only $20 in his pocket.
Gabriel often shares on her Instagram video clips of herself recreating old clothing pieces as her way of helping curb the pollution that the fashion industry can cause. “With fashion being one of the largest polluting industries in the world.
Gabriel completed her college studies at the University of North Texas in 2018, where she took up fashion design. She went on to establish her own fashion brand, R’Bonney Nola. “R’Bonney Nola is an independent label from Houston practicing sustainable design methods and using repurposed/natural fabrics.
However, busy growing her own brand, Gabriel teaches sewing at the Magpies and Peacocks Fashion House in Houston. Her students added trauma victims and domestic violence survivors who want to learn new life skills for a better future.
In her classes, Gabriel guides her students on how to create clothing pieces using fabrics and textiles from remnants.