Nicolás Maduro’s claim after the US nominee was crowned Miss Universe
The leader of the Chavista regime Nicholas Maduro assured that Venezuela’s crown was “stolen”. miss universewhich contributed to the avalanche of criticism that followed the triumph of American R’Bonney Gabriel.
“You stole our Miss Universe, Amanda Dudamel She won on the street, well, it can’t be that kind of robbery, she’s from Petare, she does community work there in Petare,” Maduro said during a performance in Caracas.
R’Bonney Gabriel (Photo by Josh Brasted / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Fashion designer and social activist Amanda Dudamel, daughter of former Vinotinto coach Rafael Dudamel, was considered one of the favourites to win the crown, however, R’Bonney Gabriel was crowned Most Beautiful Woman on Saturday.
Dudamel, 23, was left as first runner-up at the Miss Universe ceremony in New Orleans, USA, which sparked controversial reactions challenging the verdict.
R’bonney Gabriel (Photo by Josh Brasted / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Without alluding to the criticism of the crowned Miss Universe Dudamel Miss Venezuela in 2021 In a modest ceremony marred by the Covid-19 pandemic, he thanked for his part the support of fans of the competition that has awarded Venezuela seven universal crowns.
“I’m HAPPY, content and more grateful than ever!!! THANK YOU VENEZUELA for accompanying me to dream in GIANT! And THANK YOU to all the people from different countries around the world who have joined this path of illusion,” was part of the message on Instagram, which received almost half a million “likes”.
Amanda Dudamel, R’Bonney Gabriel and Miss Dominican Republic, Andreina Martinez (Portal/Jonathan Bachman)
Texas Representative R’Bonney Gabriel is 28 years old and She is a sustainable fashion designer.
The new Miss Universe, 28, is the ninth winner of the campaign for her country. Venezuela has won the crown seven times and the Dominican Republic once, in 2003.
Gabriel, was crowned by his predecessor, the Indian Harnaaz Sandhufeaturing the new Force for Good crown containing 993 gems and a 45.14 carat sapphire.
Harnaaz Sandhu (Portal/Carlo Allegri)
Valued at $5.3 million, it is the most expensive crown in the 71-year history of the competition, which also gave it the first ribbon made from recyclable materials.
Venezuela has not won Miss Universe since 2013when María Gabriela Isler, one of the current Miss Venezuela directives, was crowned.
Although this Miss Universe gala was held in 2023, the winner will hold the title Miss Universe 2022as the competition was postponed to avoid competing with the World Cup in Qatar.
The new Miss Universe and finalists stood out in a preliminary group of 16 semi-finalists, which included the contestants from Puerto Rico, Curaçao, Spain, Haiti, Australia, Laos, South Africa, Portugal, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Curaçao, India and Colombia.
This group was selected on the basis of the scores obtained in parades in gala and bathing suits and individual interviews conducted previously with the jury.
Before the parade of semifinalists, the new owner of the Miss Universe Organization, the Thai billionaire Anne Jakkaphong Jakrajutatipassured that this Saturday “a new stage of Miss Universe, made by women for women” had begun and shared how she “turned the pain” of rejection as a transgender woman into success.
Under this new administration, competition has accelerated the process that led to this feminism and the subjects of Equity capital. It has already been announced for Miss Universe number 72 that married contestants with children will be accepted, something that has so far been rejected.
Gabriel said in his question-and-answer session that he would advocate raising the age limit for female candidates as well.
(With information from AFP and EFE)
Great expectations for the Miss Universe edition that will take place this Saturday in New Orleans. American R’Bonney Gabriel became the new Miss Universe after a tough competition