Miss USA R’Bonney Gabriel in Houston took to the stage at the Miss Universe 2023 fashion show this week wearing the moon, celebrating the first NASA moon landing from the United States, and the continued development and ascension of the first woman to date, according to a report. space.
Gabrielle’s costume, which came as a tribute to NASA’s Apollo 11 moon landing and the current Artemis program, included an actual scale moon held atop her head with an intricate frame surrounded by shiny silver stars, and an outfit adorned with red, white and blue lights. She carried the American flag to complete the look.
On July 20, 1969, two American astronauts became the first human beings to set foot on the surface of the moon, achieving one of the most important achievements in human history. As a native of Houston, where the NASA space center is located, Gabrielle wrote on Instagram, “I feel proud to be from a city working to send the first female to the moon.”
Houston is the site of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, home to the agency’s Mission Control Center for human spaceflight missions and astronaut training centers.
“The purpose of this costume was to inspire women in all spaces across the universe to dream big, shoot for the moon and achieve something out of this world,” Gabrielle wrote.
Gabrielle, the first Filipino Miss USA, chose Filipino designer Patrick Izorena to create the outfit. Isorena also designed Gabriel’s Miss Texas outfit for the Miss USA 2022 pageant. lbs (15 kg).