R’Bonney Gabriel
R’Bonney Gabriel
Image: Miss Universe

R'Bonney Gabriel from USA is the winner of this year's Miss Universe. She was followed by Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel at second place ,  and at third place was Miss  Dominican Republic Andreína Martínez. 

This was the 71st annual Miss Universe pageant that was held in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

USA last won the Miss Universe title ten years ago. She is also the ninth entrant from the United States to win the title.

Watch the moment she was crowned;


In the top five question and answer round, she was asked how she would demonstrate Miss Universe as an empowering and progressive organization

"I would use it to be a transformational leader," she said. "As a very passionate designer, I've been sewing for 13 years, I use fashion as a force for good. In my industry, I'm cutting down on pollution through recycled materials when I make my clothing. I teach sewing classes to women that have survived from human trafficking and domestic violence."

"And I say that because it is so important to invest in others," she added. "Invest in our community, and use your unique talent to make a difference. We all have something special, and when we plant those seeds to other people in our life, we transform them and we use that as a vehicle for change."


"I am 28 years old, and that is the oldest age to compete and I think that's a beautiful thing."

"My favorite quote is, 'If not now, then when? Because as a woman, I believe age does not define us. It's not tomorrow. It's not yesterday. But it's now. The time is now that you can go after what you want."

Gabriel was born on 20th March 1994 and is a sewing instructor, model and fashion lover.