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Miss Texas Makes History as 1st Filipina American to Win Miss USA

R’Bonney Gabriel will go on to represent the U.S. next year at the Miss Universe pageant

R’Bonney Gabriel, Miss Texas 2022, right, was named Miss USA 2022 on Monday night at the Grand Sierra Resort and Casino in Reno, Nevada.
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Miss Texas R’Bonney Gabriel made history this week as the first Filipina American to be crowned Miss USA. 

Gabriel, a 28-year-old fashion designer from San Antonio, Texas, will go on to represent the U.S. next year at the Miss Universe pageant. Gabriel said she designed her dress to pay tribute to her heritage and parents. 

“My mom is from Beaumont, Texas, and my father is from the Philippines,”  Gabriel wrote in an Instagram post. “They got married in Manila, Philippines. I hand-painted the same flower design from my mother’s wedding dress onto my sleeves and tied in a traditional Maria Clara Filipina collar shape. I have immense gratitude for the [opportunities] my parents provided me and wanted to express my love to them through this.” 

Miss Mexico Andrea Meza was crowned the winner of the Miss Universe 2021 pageant on Sunday.

For more on this story, go to NBC News.

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