R’Bonney Gabriel shines in mermaid-inspired gown at 2023 Miss Universe

    R’Bonney Gabriel arrives at the 2023 Miss Universe pageant in El Salvador, showcasing significant changes including no age limit and the inclusion of transgender contestants.

    R’bonney Gabriel (Source: People)

    R’bonney Gabriel (Source: People)

    The 2023 Miss Universe pageant, held on November 18 in San Salvador, El Salvador, witnessed a grand entry from the reigning Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel. Dressed in a mesmerizing mermaid-inspired blue gown by Gert-Johan Coetzee, Gabriel turned heads with her exquisite attire complemented by a crown from Mouawad, the official jeweler for the Miss Universe Organization since 2019. Her appearance set a glamorous tone for the evening.

    Innovative Swimwear and Skincare Launches

    This year, the Miss Universe contestants showcased swimwear designed by Rubin Singer, marking the release of the Miss Universe Organization's first collaborative merchandise line. Additionally, the pageant launched a skincare brand tailored for women of diverse backgrounds, featuring botanicals from all seven continents.

    R'bonney Gabriel (Source: People)

    Breaking Boundaries and Embracing Diversity

    The 2023 Miss Universe pageant marked significant changes, notably eliminating the age limit of 28 years for contestants. This groundbreaking move opened doors for more diverse representation, including two transgender women, a plus-size model, and mothers. "The elimination of the age limit is a step towards inclusivity and diversity," stated an official representative.

    Star-Studded Performances and Sponsorships

    The event featured performances by renowned singer-songwriter and pianist John Legend. The hosting duties were carried out by Olivia Culpo and Jeannie Mai Jenkins, adding further charm to the event. Clarisse Designs, the evening-wear brand, sponsored the pageant, providing dresses for all delegates.

    International Representation and Streaming

    With contestants from 86 countries vying for the crown, the event was streamed globally on Roku in English and Telemundo in Spanish, ensuring a wide reach. The presence of international icons and diverse participants underscored the global appeal of the Miss Universe pageant.

    As the pageant continues to evolve, it remains a symbol of beauty, diversity, and empowerment. The 2023 edition, with its inclusive changes and high-profile performances, has set a new standard for beauty pageants worldwide.

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