In the Miss Universe 2022, India’s Divita Rai was ruled out and it was USA’s R’Bonney Gabriel who was crowned the much-coveted pageant title. Earlier on January 15, the 71st edition of Miss Universe was held in New Orleans, USA. In the event, USA’s R’Bonney Gabriel took home the title of Miss Universe, and was crowned by India’s Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe 2021.

The event saw participation of women from 90 countries across the world, competing against each other for the title of Miss Universe. To reach the 16 finalists, in depth interviews were conducted across various categories and women took to the stage to flaunt evening gowns, swimwear, and outfit from their own cultural heritage.

By the end of the competition, it was R’Bonney Gabriel from USA who was crowned Miss Universe 2022. Meanwhile, Amanda Dudamel from Venezuela was the first runner-up and Andreina Martinez from Dominican Republic was the second runner-up.

India’s Divita Rai couldn’t make it to the top 5, and her journey came to a bittersweet end in Top 16. A native of Karnataka, Divita was born in Mangalore. An architect and model by profession, Divita graduated from Sir JJ College of Architecture. She was crowned Miss Diva Universe 2022 and was also the second-runner-up in 2021 Miss Diva Universe Pageant.

The Facts of the Matter

On January 15, the world was introduced to Miss Universe 2022. In a gala event held at Hyatt Regency, New Orleans, USA, as many as 90 women competed against each other to be crowned the most coveted title of Miss Universe 2022.

In the end, it was USA’s R’Bonney Gabriel who took the title home. Meanwhile, India’s Divita Rai, who was carrying hopes of a billion dreams, couldn’t make it to the top 5. Her journey came to the end after her inclusion in Top 16.

USA’s R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned by India’s very own Harnaaz Sandhu, Miss Universe 2021. She wore a sparkling crystal-embedded gown at the finale, and accessorized it with statement jewels.


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What Question was Gabriel Asked Before Being Crowned?

Before being crowned with the title, Gabriel was asked, “If you win Miss Universe, how will you work to demonstrate this is an empowering and progressive organization?”.

To this, Gabriel said that she would use her title to become a transformational leader. “As a very passionate designer, (having) been sewing for 13 years, I use fashion as a force for good. In my industry, I’m cutting down on pollution through recycled materials when I make my clothing. I teach sewing classes to women that have survived from human trafficking and domestic violence,” Gabriel said.

She added that it is important to invest in people, in community and use talent to make a difference. Her answer sealed her fate in the event.

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Who is R’ Bonney Gabriel – Miss Universe 2022

On the official Miss Universe website, it is mentioned that, “R’ Bonney 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.”

She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Fashion with Minor in Fibers in 2018. Following that, she introduced her own line of sustainable clothing, R’ Bonney Nola, of which she is a CEO of. She’s also a sewing instructor at a Houston based non-profit design house. She teaches sewing to women who have been survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence.


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India’s Divita Rai Misses Out

Meanwhile, India’s Divita Rai missed the opportunity of being crowned the title by Harnaz Sandhu, who represented India and was crowned Miss Universe 2021.


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An architect and model by profession, she raised funds children who couldn’t afford cancer treatment. She also distributed dental kits and aims to make education accessible to all.

She was crowned Miss Diva Universe 2022.


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