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Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel wins Miss Universe pageant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – R’Bonney Gabriel, a Texas fashion designer, model and sewing teacher, has been crowned Miss Universe. The 71st Miss Universe pageant was held in New Orleans on Saturday night. At the moment of the winner’s dramatic reveal, Gabriel closed his eyes and shook hands with runner-up Miss Venezuela, Amanda Dudamel. She beamed when her name was called. Booming music played and Gabriel was presented with a bouquet of flowers and crowned with a tiara. Competition officials say Gabriel is the first Filipino American to win Miss USA. The rights to the pageant, which was once partially owned by former President Donald Trump, were bought by a Thai business tycoon and transgender activist for $20 million last year.

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