R’Bonney Gabriel Biography – R’Bonney Gabriel Wiki
R’Bonney Gabriel, also known as R’Bonney Nola, is an American beauty pageant titleholder who was crowned Miss Universe 2022. She was the winner of the Miss USA 2022 pageant and Miss Texas USA 2022 pageant. She is also a fashion designer and model.
R’Bonney Gabriel graduated from Lawrence E. Elkins High School in Missouri City in 2012. In 2018, she received a bachelor’s degree in fashion design with a minor in fibers at the University of North Texas.
For three months, she lived in New York City as an intern for fashion designer Nicole Miller.
Gabriel also worked as the lead sewing instructor for domestic violence survivors at a nonprofit design house, Magpies & Peacocks, at 908 Live Oak in East Downtown Houston. The business collects discarded fabrics and textiles and repairs, reworks and up-cycles them into new collections that are for sale in a front of house retail store that is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.
“We are all about sustainability,” said Gabriel, whose own clothing line, R’Bonney Nola, is also eco-friendly. Info on her design and sewing work is at rbonneynola.com or Instagram at @rbonneynola.
R’Bonney Gabriel Miss Universe 2022
Houston native R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned the 71st Miss Universe pageant at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14, 2023.
The model and fashion designer beat out Amanda Dudamel from Venezuela and Andreína Martínez from the Dominican Republic, who were also in the top three, for the coveted title. The 28-year-old fashion designer beat out 83 women from around the world for the coveted top spot.
During the final question and answer segment of the competition, the top three contenders were asked how they would work to demonstrate Miss Universe as an empowering and progressive organization if they won the title.
Gabriel answered that she would use her platform to be a “transformational leader” and emphasized how she uses fashion as a force for good by cutting down on pollution through using recycled materials when she makes her clothing.
“I teach sewing classes to women that have survived from human trafficking and domestic violence,” Gabriel said. “And I say that because it is so important to invest in others, invest in our community, and use your unique talent to make a difference. We all have something special and when we plant those seeds for other people in our life, we transform them and we use that as a vehicle for change.”
On day one as Miss Universe, the Miss Universe organization released the official biography of R’Bonney Gabriel on Instagram.
R’Bonney Nola “is an eco-friendly fashion designer, model, and sewing instructor with an excitement for life. She attributes her opportunistic outlook to her upbringing immersed in the arts, sports, and travel. As a high-school volleyball player who pivoted to fashion, she quickly fell in love with constructing designs with fabrics and textiles at the young age of 15. At the University of North Texas, she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion Design with a Minor in Fibers in 2018. She is currently CEO of her own sustainable clothing line, R’Bonney Nola.
“As the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, she shares the importance of embracing your culture. As a voice for Asian-Americans, she opens the door for more diversity and representation in society and was honored to be published in Vogue Philippines. R’Bonney’s mission is for women and young girls to see themselves in her, and feel inspired to conquer their goals by owning who they are.”
R’Bonney Gabriel Age
R’Bonney Nola Gabriel was born on March 20, 1994 in Houston, Texas, U.S. She is 28 years old as of 2023.
R’Bonney Gabriel Parents
Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel was born to a Filipino father, Remigio Bonzon “R. Bon” Gabriel, and an American mother, Dana Walker.
Her father grew up in the Philippines before migrating to the US to pursue a college scholarship. There, he met R’Bonney’s mom Dana Walker. They were married in the Philippines, but have since moved back to the US. Gabriel’s parents live in Missouri City.
Her dad earned a doctorate degree in psychology at the University of Houston, then later opened a car repair shop.
R’Bonney Gabriel Family
She is the daughter of Remigio Bonzon Gabriel and Dana Walker. She has three brothers.
R’Bonney Gabriel Height
Model R’Bonney Gabriel stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m). Gabriel’s measurements; Height: 170 cm / 5’7″ | Bust: 81 cm / 32″ | Waist: 61 cm / 24″ | Hips: 89 cm / 35″ | Dress: 30 / 0 | Shoe: 39.0 EU / 8.0 US | Hair: Light Brown | Eyes: Hazel. She is represented by Houston-based Neal Hamil Modeling Agency.
R’Bonney Gabriel Nationality
Model and fashion designer R’Bonney Gabriel is of Filipina-American nationality.
R’Bonney Gabriel Ethnicity
Miss Universe R’Bonney Gabriel’s ethnic heritage is Filipino and white. In October 2022, Gabriel made history when she became the first Asian-American as well as the first woman of Filipino descent to win Miss USA. She was also the first Filipina to win Miss Texas.
R’Bonney Gabriel’s Mother Ethnicity
Model and fashion designer R’Bonney Gabriel’s mother is of white ethnicity.
R’Bonney Gabriel Siblings
She reportedly has three siblings.
Gabriel’s Instagram handle is @rbonneynola.