A 28-year-old American of Filipino origin is Miss Universe 2023
R'Bonney Gabriel of the United States was crowned Miss Universe 2023 on Saturday night.
Gabriel, who last year became the first Filipino-American to win Miss USA, took the crown of the pageant that took place this year in New Orleans, Louisiana.
She is 28 years old.
"As a woman, I believe that age does not define us. It's not tomorrow, it's not yesterday, the time is now," she said.
Miss Universe for the first time has allowed this edition also mothers and married women to compete for the title.
Amanda Dudamel from Venezuela was announced in second place and Andreína Martínez from the Dominican Republic in third place.