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Miss USA R’Bonney N. Gabriel crowned Miss Universe 2023

The 71st Miss Universe Pageant has been won by Miss USA R’Bonney N. Gabriel. Photo: Missosology
Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel was the first runner-up while Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez was the second runner-up. Photo: Missosology
Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel was the first runner-up while Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez was the second runner-up. Photo: Missosology
The Virgin Islands was represented by model and athlete, Lia R. Claxton (seen here in Costume and Evening Wear), who aspires to become a lawyer. Photo: Missosology
The Virgin Islands was represented by model and athlete, Lia R. Claxton (seen here in Costume and Evening Wear), who aspires to become a lawyer. Photo: Missosology
NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana, USA- The 71st Miss Universe Pageant has been won by Miss USA R’Bonney N. Gabriel.

Gabriel won the crown, the first in a decade for the USA, when the pageant was held in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 14, 2023.

Miss Venezuela Amanda Dudamel was the first runner-up while Miss Dominican Republic Andreina Martinez was the second runner-up.

Making to the top 5 were Miss Curacao Gabriela dos Santos and Miss Puerto Rico Ashley Cariño.

The Virgin Islands was represented by model and athlete, Lia R. Claxton, who aspires to become a lawyer.

Claxton’s platform was Climate Change.

18 Responses to “Miss USA R’Bonney N. Gabriel crowned Miss Universe 2023”

  • Congratulations (15/01/2023, 08:20) Like (12) Dislike (1) Reply
    Congratulations to the winner. Congratulations to Miss Claxton. What you did many are scared of doing or don’t have what it takes, yet know exactly what to do etc. Everyone did they best; the judges decision are final. Congratulations to all the woman who entered.
  • scat (15/01/2023, 08:24) Like (8) Dislike (0) Reply
    Job well done Lia! Way to represent! Good luck with your future endeavors!
  • We in trouble (15/01/2023, 08:38) Like (1) Dislike (8) Reply
    Being brown skin, slim, bright, medium to tall and good looking was always an advantage add being bilingual to that, its another natural advantage.... Just being a dark skin beauty is a disadvantage, they have to be extremely bright, real nice body and very beautiful to stand a chance...Its a different between being black and brown skin and black and dark skin. I am referring to tbe black and dark skin....of course those are my favourite kind of ladies..
  • Bias Judge (15/01/2023, 08:53) Like (10) Dislike (1) Reply
    DR look the best then the Venz, then USA.
  • vex (15/01/2023, 10:03) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    One of these good days bvi will win
  • MISS BVI (15/01/2023, 12:03) Like (1) Dislike (11) Reply
    Dem thief we again
  • home (15/01/2023, 13:26) Like (3) Dislike (19) Reply
    BVI is way to black. Need more brow/light skin girls to take part. The need to look for them Spanish who is really bright and has bvi roits
    • Silly Rabbit (15/01/2023, 14:46) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
      Black women have won Miss Universe:
      Leila Lopes (2011), Angola
      Mpule Kwelagobe (1999), Botswana
      Wendy Fitzwilliam (1998), Trinidad and Tobago
      Chelsi Smith (1995), USA
      Janelle Commissiong(1977), Trinidad and Tobago
      • @Silly Rabbit (15/01/2023, 22:04) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Dont forget just recently another Black queen:

        Zozi Tunzi (2019) Ms. South Africa. She actually probably served the longest due to the COVID pandemic.
      • @Silly Rabbit (15/01/2023, 22:52) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
        Trini won twice yessss
        Wendy no lie she was and still is a true black beauty ...
  • Kewe (15/01/2023, 15:29) Like (6) Dislike (2) Reply
    Lia, I am soo proud of you. You represented BVI in a spectacular way!
    One thing to remember though, you have such a beautiful smile. Don't ever relax those cheeks, keep smiling even though you're tired of it. A few times you relaxed those cheeks and you looked sad. Once you begin yo smile again, your smile brightened up my TV screen. I wish you success in your endeavors. You are such a lovely young lady.
  • LN (15/01/2023, 17:41) Like (4) Dislike (7) Reply
    @ misBVI but thief... BVI DIDNT even come close. She's to black and need more training.
  • faith (15/01/2023, 23:13) Like (4) Dislike (2) Reply
    You all sound so vain and stupid speaking about color of skin. Color of skin has nothing to do with anything. Black is beautiful. You all need to embrace your skin color and stop damaging your health with bleach
  • home (16/01/2023, 07:58) Like (0) Dislike (4) Reply
    @vex. BVI not winning at thing. Y"all to wicked in this place. wickedness showing right through y" all.
  • FEO GOMEZ (16/01/2023, 08:19) Like (0) Dislike (1) Reply
    ok back to the normal formula back to white or looking white. CAUSE NONE MELENATED PEOPLE IST THE STANDARD RIGHT? LOOKING LIKE CHALK WOOD SLAVE LIZARDS.
  • Cheering Team! (16/01/2023, 12:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lia, you are a winner! You dug deep and had the courage to represent Virgin Islanders. You are beautiful, you are blessed! A job well done. We are proud to be Virgin Islanders...
  • Mrs Tubman (16/01/2023, 12:24) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    When Lia strolled on the International Stage it was declared the BVI is a Winner. Thanks LiA. Those genes of Smith Nibbs Claxton etal rep the BVI all too well. Your ancestors lauded your every step in continuing their legacy of positivity to these VI.. Continue on your destiny with Best Wishes !!! May the wind be always at your back.


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