Meet stunning US model crowned Miss Universe 2022 in lavish ceremony

Model and fashion designer R'Bonney Gabriel is crowned Miss Universe 2022.

The Miss USA bombshell scooped the title in the star-studded ceremony on Saturday night.

She closed her eyes and held hands with runner-up Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudame when her name was read out.

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Then R'Bonney, from Texas, beamed with joy as she became the first Filipino American to win Miss USA.

Music rang out as she was handed a bouquet of flowers and given the crown on stage at the 71st Miss Universe.

The pageant, which was held in New Orleans, saw Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez come in second.

In the Q&A at the last stage of the competition for the three finalists, R'Bonney was asked how she would work to demonstrate Miss Universe as "an empowering and progressive organisation" if she was to win.

She responded: "I would use it to be a transformational leader," citing her work using recycled materials in her fashion design and teaching sewing to survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.

The model added: "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 to other people in our life, we transform them and we use that as a vehicle for change."

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According to Miss Universe, R'Bonney is a former high school volleyball player and graduate of the University of North Texas.

A short biography posted on the organisation's website said she is also chief executive of her own sustainable clothing line.

Nearly 90 contestants from around the world took part in the competition, which involved personal statements, in-depth interviews and various categories including evening gown and swimwear.

Miss Curacao, Gabriela Dos Santos, and Miss Puerto Rico, Ashley Carino, rounded out the top five finalists.

Last year's winner was Harnaaz Sandhu of India.

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