Miss Universe 2022, Fashion Designer, Sustainable Fashion Advocate
R'Bonney Gabriel: Inspiring Miss Universe 2022 and Social Impact Leader
Breaking Barriers and Shaping a Legacy
Meet R'Bonney Gabriel, the remarkable Miss Universe 2022, whose journey to success is an embodiment of determination, empowerment, and social impact. At the age of 28, R'Bonney Gabriel, a proud Filipino-American, made history as the first candidate of her heritage to clinch the Miss Universe title. Her remarkable journey and accomplishments extend beyond the beauty pageant stage, reflecting a genuine commitment to social impact and sustainability.
The Early Years and Passion for Fashion
R'Bonney's early years were marked by a diverse upbringing, where she immersed herself in the arts, sports, and travel. As a high school volleyball player with a zest for life, her journey took an unexpected turn when she discovered her true calling – fashion design. At just 15, she fell in love with the art of crafting designs with fabrics and textiles, setting the stage for her future endeavors.
She pursued her passion academically, earning a Bachelor's degree in Fashion Design with a Minor in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2018. This educational foundation paved the way for her to become the CEO of her sustainable clothing line, R'Bonney Nola.
A Leader in Sustainability and Community Impact
Beyond the glamorous world of fashion, R'Bonney Gabriel is a sewing instructor at Magpies & Peacocks, a Houston-based non-profit design house with a profound commitment to using "Fashion As A Force For Good." Her work here has been recognized with the prestigious "Gucci Changemakers" award, acknowledging her dedication to diverting unwanted textiles and fabrics from landfills and transforming them into fashion collections.
In the "MAKR" program, R'Bonney empowers survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence by teaching sewing classes. Her dedication to this cause not only showcases her talent but also exemplifies her leadership qualities in supporting and uplifting vulnerable communities.
A Voice for Diversity and Representation
As the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, R'Bonney Gabriel has become a powerful voice for Asian-Americans. She has paved the way for increased diversity and representation in society, exemplified by her feature in Vogue Philippines. R'Bonney's mission is clear – to inspire women and young girls to embrace their unique identities and pursue their dreams with unwavering determination.
Defying Controversy and Claiming Victory
R'Bonney's path to Miss Universe 2022 was not without its challenges. Controversy surrounded her journey, with allegations of favoritism following her Miss USA win. However, R'Bonney remained resolute, demonstrating integrity and grace throughout the ordeal. She conducted herself with unwavering determination, serving as an inspiration to all who faced adversity.
The Age of Empowerment
During the Miss Universe finals, R'Bonney Gabriel used her platform to advocate for change. She called for an increase in the age limit, challenging the notion that age should limit one's pursuits. Her words, "If not now, then when?" resonated with audiences worldwide, emphasizing that age should not be a barrier to achieving one's dreams.
Shaping a More Empowered and Progressive Miss Universe
R'Bonney Gabriel's dedication to sustainability, community impact, and empowerment extends beyond the pageant stage. She is a transformational leader, using her unique talents to make a difference in the lives of others. Her commitment to uplifting survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence through sewing classes exemplifies her vision for a more empowered and progressive Miss Universe organization.
A Trailblazer in Every Sense.