Houston, Miss USA has landed. When Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel took the stage within the Miss Universe 2023 Nationwide Costume Present this week, she wore the moon.
Gabriel’s costume, an homage to NASA’s Apollo 11 lunar touchdown and present Artemis program, included an precise scale-sized moon held up over her head by an intricate body surrounded by gleaming silver stars and an outfit bedecked by purple, white and blue lights. She carried an American flag to finish the look.
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“On July 20, 1969 two U.S. astronauts turned the primary people to step foot on the moon engaging in some of the outstanding achievements in human historical past. Quick ahead to in the present day and ladies are concerned greater than ever within the Artemis program aiming to ship the US again to the moon,” Gabriel (opens in new tab), 28. wrote of the costume on Instagram (opens in new tab) through her clothes model R’Bonney Nola.
“As a Houston native, the place the NASA area heart is positioned, I’m proud to be from a metropolis working to ship the primary feminine to the moon,” she added.
Houston is the placement of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, residence of the company’s Mission Management Heart for human spaceflight mission and astronaut coaching facilities.
“The aim of this costume was to encourage ladies in all areas throughout the universe to dream massive, shoot for the moon and obtain one thing out of this world,” Gabriel wrote.
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Gabriel, the primary Filipina American Miss USA, selected Filipino designer Patrick Isorena (opens in new tab) to create the costume. Isorena additionally designed Gabriel’s Miss Texas costume within the Miss USA 2022 pageant, in line with ABS CBN News. (opens in new tab) Isorena instructed ABS CBN Information that the costume weighs as much as 33 kilos (15 kilograms).
The Miss Universe 2023 pageant wraps up tonight (Jan. 14) in New Orleans. The Nationwide Costume Present occurred on Thursday (Jan. 12). You’ll be able to see the total Nationwide Costume Present beneath.
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