Most models and fashion mavens have enjoyed the upside of fast fashion and synthetic fabrics. Because of those monetary benefits; they understandably avoid discussions concerning sustainability. The current Miss Universe, R’Bonney Gabriel stands out amongst her counterparts and truly represents others who have not been seen or heard.
The Texas native was crowned on January 14 in New Orleans, and she is a sustainability ambassador. As the first Filipina-American to be crowned Miss Universe, Gabriel designed and hand-crafted with natural dyes, a swimsuit cape she made using upcycled materials. She wrote a message on the cape: If Not Now, Then When? On her website she says: By recycling more fabrics and reducing the amount of fabric scraps made during the production process, the more friendlier to our planet fashion can be. We agree!