R“Bonney Gabriel became the new guy Miss Universe 2023 on Saturday, at the 71st edition, since the pageant was first held.
The 28-year-old fashion designer who represents the United Stateswon the crown in a hard-fought competition that has caused much controversy.
After the announcement of R’Bonney Gabriel‘s win, many on social media have rallied against the judges’ decision, even claiming that the contest was set, believing the Venezuelan should have been the winner Amanda Dudamelwho was the first runner-up.
A large majority of the public felt it was unfair that the US representative prevailed over the Venezuelan candidate.
The decision then came as a surprise Amanda Dudamel became a favorite of viewers and social media followers, which is why the outrage was so great afterwards R’Bonney Gabriel took the crown home.
The judges’ decision did not leave the public happy. Many expressed disbelief after Miss USA received the crown and signs of discontent are widespread.
The United States is now the nation with the most winning Miss Universe contestants, with a total of nine winners. On the other hand is Venezuela, a nation that has had seven beauty queens, a number that could have gone up, tied with the US if Amanda Dudamel had won this year.
The controversial Miss USA contest
As early as October 2022, when selecting the national Miss USA pageant, some competitors complained about the selection of R’Bonney Gabriel was fraudulent.
“Most of the candidates feel strongly that Miss Texas was preferred and we have the receipts to prove it,” Miss Montana explained. Heather Lee O’Keefe.
R’Bonney Gabriel was the first Filipino-American woman to take home the title.
Who is R’Bonney Gabriel?
The new Miss Universe is a 28-year-old model who was born in San Antonio.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in fashion and apparel design from the University of North Texas, which she graduated in 2018.
after graduation, R’Bonney has created her own clothing line whilst also partnering with Magpies & Peacocks where she works as a master tailor.
Sabotage, discrimination and more controversy at Miss Universe
The Miss Universe campaign is not without controversy. The issue has already begun with a transgender businesswoman taking over the international pageant Anne JakrajutatipOwner of conglomerate JKN Global Group.
Allegations of discrimination, homophobia and attempts to sabotage the beauty queens plagued the pageant’s build-up.
Miss Bolivia’s representative, Fernanda PasivicShe lost her place in the pageant when she made fun of other contestants during a live broadcast on Instagram. Your statements against the representatives of Argentina (Barbara Cabrera), Paraguay (Leah Ashmore), Brazil (Mia Mamede) and El Salvador (Alejandra Guajardo) were labeled as racist, discriminatory and homophobic.
In the preliminary rounds of the Miss Peru campaign, Alessia Rovegno, in a red dress depicting the Amazon sunset. But her director Jessica NewtonShe warned via Instagram of an attempted sabotage of the Peruvian queen and hinted that her shoes and headdress were missing.
The group photo session with the Miss Universe candidates was not without controversy either. Uncomfortable upon seeing the arrival of the Russian representative, Miss Ukraine asked Miss Colombia: Maria Fernanda Aristizabalto change their place in order not to come too close to the Russian model.
This image went viral on TikTok, as did a backstage video of the Jan. 11 campaign, in which several candidates claimed they were ignored by the makeup artists at MUBA Cosmetics, Miss Universe’s official sponsor, who preferred to take care of themselves about the Venezuelan Amanda Dudamel.