Miss Universe 2023 comes to a close

MISS UNIVERSE: R’Bonney Gabriel stands on stage after being crowned Miss Universe on January 14, 2023. MYSA

Claire Hedger | Writer

January 20, 2023

Miss Universe Pageant concluded its 71st annual competition by crowning R’Bonney Gabriel as USA Miss Universe. Gabriel is the first Miss USA to be awarded Miss Universe in 10 years. Not only that, but she is also the first Filipino American to be given all three titles of Miss Texas, Miss USA, and Miss Universe. 

After being crowned winner, Gabriel claimed “It all happened so fast. When they called my name, I didn’t realize I won. It was probably about five seconds and I’m not reacting. Then I felt that sash come over me. It was just such a rush of feelings and I tell people you kind of blackout because there’s so much going on. It was just pure, utter shock really.”

When not competing in pageants, Gabriel is running her eco-friendly clothing business or teaching sewing classes to low-income women. She will spend her year as Miss Universe by promoting and protesting various causes revolving around education, health, and women’s rights. 

WINNER: Miss Universe 2023. Lifestyle
WINNER: Miss Universe 2023. Lifestyle

“I believe she deserved to win the title because she seems like a very selfless person who puts others before herself,” sophomore Tea Sinacori said.

Miss Universe is one of the most highly anticipated beauty pageants in the world. The Competition features contestants from around the globe, ranging from ages 18 to 28 years old. Each contestant represents their country in a series of different rounds of competition. These rounds include a swimsuit competition, an evening gown competition, and interviews.  

“I love watching the Miss Universe Pageants,” said sophomore Julia Sipelis  “I think they’re pretty entertaining.”

Over the years, the Miss Universe competition has become more than a beauty pageant. Ultimately the winner is chosen based on their overall performance in the different rounds of competition, as well as their poise, manners, confidence, and their overall empowering message. The main goal of Miss Universe is to empower young women to be confident and independent in their own bodies. 

Now it’s only a matter of time before the next Miss Universe, and a new contest will be crowned the title for their country.

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