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R’Bonnie Gabriel The 71st “Miss Universe” was recognized from the United States on Saturday evening.

Gabrielle, who last year became the first Filipina-American to win Miss USA, took the crown ahead of Amanda Dudamel of Venezuela and Andreyna Martinez of the Dominican Republic.

The pageant was held in New Orleans, Louisiana, with 84 women from around the world competing for the crown.

Saturday night was the final day of the competition, with eliminations whittling down the finalists down to the final two.

When Gabriel entered the Top 5, he was asked: “Miss Universe recently made an inclusive change to allow mothers and married women to compete this year. What is another change you would like to see and why?”

Gabriel replied that he hopes that the organizers of the competition will increase the age limit of the candidates.

“For me, I would like to see an age increase because I am 28 years old. And that’s the oldest age to compete. And I think that’s a beautiful thing. My favorite quote is “if not now, then when?” Because as a woman, I believe that age does not define us. It’s not tomorrow, it’s not yesterday, but it’s now. The time is now,” he said.

Based in Houston, Gabrielle is a model, fashion designer, and sewing instructor who prioritizes the environment in her work.

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