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R'Bonney Gabriel poses for first Fadil photos, what comes next for Miss Universe

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Miss Universe 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel has stunned in her first official photoshoot as Miss Universe with famous New York-based fashion photographer Fadil Berisha. Wearing B&B Couture and makeup by Yuko Takahashi, the much talked about Fil-Am beauty queen poses with her "Force for Good" Mouawad crown in the first set of photos that were released online. After winning her title just a little over three weeks ago, R'Bonney moved to her official residence in New York, spend her first official weeks with media tours, and recently went to Alabama to crown her successor as Miss USA. What comes next for her? Thai owner of the Miss Universe Organization Anne Jakrajutatip went live via the JKN18 channel and revealed where the reigning Miss Universe will be heading for her first official tour overseas as the titleholder. Aside from R'Bonney's upcoming trips to Asia, the newest members of the organization's executive team were also introduced — Nishita Shah as hea

Former Miss Universe shares tribute on Cheslie Kryst's first death anniversary

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Former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi shared a touching tribute on the first anniversary of her friend and former Miss USA Cheslie Kryst's death on January 30. The South African beauty who won Miss Universe in 2019 went to social media to post an old video of her while wearing a matching outfit with Cheslie. She wrote in her caption, "I can’t believe today marks a year since we lost you." Zozibini competed with Cheslie during the 68th Miss Universe pageant in Atlanta, Georgia. After the competition, they shared an apartment in New York City while respectively reigning as Miss Universe and Miss USA. Unknown to everyone prior to her tragic passing, Cheslie was quietly battling high-functioning depression, and just a year ago, she ended her life by jumping from her high-rise apartment. "Just like you wanted, we will always take a moment to remind people to seek help and take care of their mental health always," Zozibini continued in her post. "Hope you’re restin

Miss Massachusetts USA 2023 is Annika Sharma

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Miss Commonwealth, Annika Sharma, was crowned Miss Massachusetts USA 2023 on Sunday, January 29 at Boston Marriott Burlington. The 22-year-old Indian-American beauty from New Jersey is a student at Boston College and a former Miss Massachusetts Teen USA winner. She will now represent Massachusetts at Miss USA 2023 at the Grand Sierra Resort in Reno, Nevada later this year. Rounding out the Top 5 finalists were Miss Boston, Tatyana Brown; Miss Roslindale, Britt High; Miss Medford, Laura Dos Santos; and Miss Attleboro Falls, Melissa Sapini. They were announced as the first, second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively. Miss Massachusetts Teen USA 2023 Yanelyn Quintana, 16, from Haverhill, was also crowned at the same venue. She will now go on to represent her state at the Miss Teen USA 2023 pageant. The runners-up for the teenage division were Miss Oxford, Brooke Goodrich, Miss Kingston, Mia Mitchell, Miss Back Bay, Isabelle Richards, and Miss Leominster, Margaret Leighton. Last ye

Miss Alabama USA 2023 is Sophie Burzynski

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Miss Auburn-Opelika Sophie Burzynski was crowned Miss Alabama USA 2023 in a state pageant held on Saturday, January 28 at Gogue Performing Arts Center in Auburn. The 21-year-old wedding videographer and a senior student at Auburn University bested over 30 other competitors to win the state title. Last year's winner, Katelyn Vinson, passed the crown to her successor who will now prepare to represent the state of Alabama at Miss USA 2023 in Reno, Nevada possibly this fall. The runners-up were Miss Greystone Noelia Voigt, Miss Southern Plains Diane Westhoven, Miss Rover Region Margaret Anne McNeill, and Miss Huntsville Randee Hinson-McCrary. Originally from Louisville, Kentucky, the new Miss Alabama USA aspires to become a dentist and is currently a double major in nutritional science and business management.  Sophie has been eyeing to fulfill her pageant dream for six years and winning last night's competition was part of it. She wants to become an agent for transformative impact

North Carolina's Morgan Romano officially crowned new Miss USA

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Morgan Romano was officially crowned by reigning Miss Universe R'Bonney Gabriel as the new Miss USA 2022 on Friday, January 27 in Auburn, Alabama. The 24-year-old chemical engineer from Concord represented North Carolina at the 71st Miss USA competition last October and placed first runner-up. She was designated to take over the national title after R'Bonney won Miss Universe 2022 last January 14 in New Orleans, Louisiana. "Heart full of gratitude. I’m all yours, USA," Morgan posted on social media following her coronation ceremony held at Woltosz Theatre, Gogue Performing Arts Center. The special event coincided with Miss Alabama Teen USA and Miss Alabama USA 2023 preliminary competitions organized by  RPM Productions . North Carolina now holds a record of four Miss USA titleholders. Previous winners were Chelsea Cooley (2005), Kristen Dalton (2009), and the late Cheslie Kryst (2019). View this post on Instagram A post shared by Morgan Romano (@mo

R'Bonney Gabriel to crown new Miss USA in Alabama

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Miss Universe 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel has arrived in Auburn, Alabama to crown North Carolina's Morgan Romano, her successor as Miss USA tonight. The official coronation ceremony will take place during the preliminary competition of Miss Alabama Teen USA and Miss Alabama USA 2023 at Auburn University. Since R'Bonney won the Miss Universe title in New Orleans last January 14, her first runner-up at Miss USA has been appointed to take over in fulfilling her national obligations. Don't miss watching tonight's event live streaming on pageantslive.com from 8:30 p.m. EST / 7:30 p.m. CST. View this post on Instagram A post shared by ANNALEE STORY (@missalteenusa) Photos: Miss Alabama USA , Miss Alabama Teen USA / Instagram RELATED POSTS: The 71st Miss Universe is Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel Miss USA 2022 is R’Bonney Gabriel of Texas 8 things to know about Miss USA 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel LIVE UPDATES: 71st Miss Universe Final Competition Results

71st Miss Universe R'Bonney Gabriel visits Empire State Building

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Newly crowned Miss Universe 2022 R'Bonney Gabriel has visited the iconic Empire State Building, a 102-story Art Deco skyscraper in Midtown Manhattan, New York City. The Filipino-American beauty stunned in crystal pants by Jovani fashion and a fringe top by fashion editor and celebrity stylist Rene Garza who used upcycled plastic mesh flower protector covers thrown away by floral shops to create the beautiful piece. Followed by the members of the press, she was joined by Miss Universe Organization owner Anne Jakrajutatip together with CEO and Founder of O Skin Med Spa, Olivia Quido-Co, during the traditional visit to the building on Tuesday, January 17. It has been an annual tradition for every Miss Universe winner to visit the architectural marvel which is one of the most iconic skyscrapers in the world. Here's the new Miss Universe on top of the world, the universe rather: View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miss Universe (@missuniverse) Photo: Em

Miss Hawaii USA 2023 is Savannah Gankiewicz

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Miss Wailea Savannah Gankiewicz was crowned Miss Hawaii USA 2023 in a state competition held on Sunday, January 15 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. The 27-year-old model of Filipino, Vietnamese and Polish descent from Maui was also awarded Miss Photogenic. She will now represent Hawaii at the Miss USA 2023 pageant in Reno, Nevada later this year. Kawena Kan-Hai, Breea Yamat, Mikayla Baptista, and Ronelle Valera were announced as the first, second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively. Last year's titleholder who competed in Miss USA 2022 last October, Kiana Yamat, passed the crown to her successor at the end of the event. Another winner proclaimed at the same venue was Miss Hawaii Teen USA 2023 Noelani DeNisi. She was crowned by her predecessor Malulani Paiste and will be heading to the Miss Teen USA 2023 pageant. Elaina Kristine Head, Kyani Bateman, Lehani Coloma, and Isabella Emma Alohalani rounded out the Top 5 finalists and were named runners-up for the teen d

Miss Alaska USA 2023 is Jordan Naylor

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Miss Forget-Me-Not USA Jordan Naylor was crowned Miss Alaska USA 2023 on Saturday, January 14 at the Bartlett High School Auditorium in Anchorage. The 25-year-old beauty who studied marketing at Boise State University bested 13 other competitors to win the state title. She will now prepare to represent Alaska at the Miss USA 2023 pageant in Reno, Nevada later this year. Niara Iman, Honour Miller-Austin, Wendy Martin, and Robyn Kassgerji were named the first, second, third, and fourth runners-up, respectively. "I am so excited to represent my home over the next year and educate Alaskans on living healthy, balanced lifestyles through my platform Back 2 Basics. I could not do this without the endless support from my family, friends, and coaches. Thank you all," she wrote in a statement on social media. Two other titleholders crowned during the event were Miss Alaska Teen USA 2023 Star Hunter (will go to Miss Teen USA 2023) and the first Miss Alaska USA's Cover Miss Nevaeh Ja

71st Miss Universe R'Bonney Gabriel kicks off media week

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Following her well-deserved victory at the 71st Miss Universe pageant, the first Miss USA to win the crown in 10 years R'Bonney Gabriel immediately flew to New York to kick off her reign. Her first official week as the new Miss Universe started with a media tour and her first stop in "The Big Apple" on Monday, January 16 was an interview with Good Morning America on ABC. Wearing her own designed outfit, her official Miss Universe sash, and the Mouawad "Force for Good" crown, the 28-year-old fashion designer talked about her historic win in New Orleans. On being the first Filipino-American to become Miss Universe, she said: "Oh my gosh, well, Filipinos are so happy. They are just over the moon about it. It's a huge win for the community and just representation — it's an honor." Watch her full interview here: Photo: R'Bonney Gabriel / Instagram RELATED POSTS: The 71st Miss Universe is Miss USA R'Bonney Gabriel LIVE UPDATES: 71st Miss Uni

History repeats itself as India crowns USA at 71st Miss Universe

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Another history repeats itself moment just happened during the culmination of the 71st Miss Universe pageant in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. The highly talked about coronation event brought us back to the iconic moment when India's first Miss Universe Sushmita Sen crowned her successor, the late Chelsi Smith of the USA as Miss Universe 1995 in Namibia. Almost 28 years later, another winner from India, Harnaaz Sandhu, crowned R'Bonney Gabriel of the USA as Miss Universe 2022 on January 14 at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. What's more interesting is that both biracial Americans Chelsi and R'Bonney competed in Miss Texas USA twice before winning the state title, then went on to become Miss USA, and eventually, Miss Universe. They are both trailblazers for other women with a mixed-race background who wish to take the same path. While Chelsi was the first ever African-American to win Miss Texas USA, R'Bonney became the first Filipino-American to win