Text by R. Galvez [@the4ofustraveling] / Graphics by Krizza Enriquez [@kxxenriquez]

The indomitable spirit of R’bonney Gabriel is undeniable. When she was lobbed by series of allegations clouding her victory, she handled it like a queen. She knows precisely how to keep the stones thrown at her to build her own castle. Poised and composed, she destroyed every vicious critics like a pro.

There’s more to R’bonney that just controversies though. She’s a woman of conviction and vision pursuing sustainable ways to create her fashion pieces. She’s down to earth and she embraced the diversity in her. How she proudly showed to the world that she is rooted in two different cultures is truly amazing.

R’bonney’s victory at Miss Universe came at a crucial time. The organization is at the crossroads and the pageant’s survival rested upon her shoulders. Though her victory was divisive, she has grown into the hearts of pageant aficionados. She’s showing everyone, everyday, why she is a Miss Universe and a timeless beauty.