71st Miss Universe: Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel shares 'I stand with Ukraine'


Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel went to social media to share a photo with her fellow Miss Universe contestant from Ukraine and wrote "I stand with Ukraine" along with their countries' flag emojis in the caption.

The beauty queens, who are now in New Orleans competing in the 71st Miss Universe pageant, posed for a photo while combining their hands to form a heart-shaped gesture.

R'Bonney expressed: "I am mesmerized by the strength and beauty of my Universe sister [Viktoria Apanasenko]. I had a few moments to sit and talk with her about protecting human rights. I support her resiliency and am inspired by her heart."

Miss Universe Ukraine first shared the same photo on her page and said, "Yesterday we did interview together about war in Ukraine, about human rights, about future, about our countries."

"I’m so grateful USA for supporting Ukraine, and all people who help Ukrainians in this difficult time overcome evil and fight against it," she added.

The 71st Miss Universe pageant will air live from the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in Louisiana on Saturday, January 14.

More than 80 women from around the world are vying for the coveted title which is currently held by India's Harnaaz Sandhu.

Photo: R'Bonney Gabriel / Instagram

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