The last time a Miss USA won Miss Universe was back in 2012 courtesy of Olivia Culpo and the last Top 3 placement happened in 2015 with Olivia Jordan joining Pia Wurtzbach and Ariadna Gutierrez in the troika.
R’Bonney Gabriel has a couple of good things going for her. She is the second Miss USA titleholder of Filipino descent. What’s more, pageant fans seem to feel that she is the best US representative in a long time. Will she bring the country back to the top in the 71st Miss Universe? Personally, I would be ecstatic if she makes Top 3 along with Celeste Cortesi and Alicia Faubel. That is one huge wish granted if ever.
In the meantime, R’Bonney will play big sister to the ladies next month. With the new Thai owner of Miss Universe, I bet it won’t happen again, at least not for the next five years. Having a Miss USA as host delegate, that is.