Catriona Gray is Miss Universe 2018. The 24-year-old is the fourth Filipina beauty queen to have brought home the title next to Pia Wurtzbach, Margie Moran, and Gloria Diaz, who won in 2015, 1973, and 1969, respectively.
Catriona was crowned during the Finals night held in Bangkok, Thailand this Monday, succeeding Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. Miss South Africa finished first runner up, while Miss Venezuela ended up in the third spot. During the question and answer portion, Catriona drew cheers after taking a stand on the legalisation of marijuana. “I’m for being used in the medical use, but not so for recreational use, because I think if people were to argue, ‘What about alcohol and cigarettes?’ Well, everything is good, but in moderation,” answered Catriona.
Moreover, Catriona, when asked on which life lesson she is to apply in her term as Miss Universe, championed yet again her advocacy to helping children from the poor sector. “I work a lot in the slums of Tondo, Manila and the life there is very... it’s poor and it’s very sad, and I’ve always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look in the beauty in the faces of the children, and to be grateful. And I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining, and to assess where I could give something, where I could provide something as a spokesperson and this I think, if I could teach also people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity could not grow and foster, and children would have a smile on their faces,” answered the beauty queen.
Since the Preliminary Competition last Thursday, Catriona was eyed to have a huge chance in winning the pageant with her flawless performance during the swimsuit portion — in which she executed her killer “slow-mo” twirl, approved by supermodel Tyra Banks herself — and the evening gown portion, having shone in an Ibong Adarna-inspired creation by Filipino designer Mark Tumang. Likewise, Catriona made waves during the Miss Universe national costume presentation in Chonburi province on December 10, during which she carried a circular wing symbolizing the three main island of the Philippines, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, and its rich history pre-Spanish colonization. This earned her the honor from the National Quincentennial Committee Philippines to have her national costume, which they commended for “capturing the thousands of years history and heritage of the Filipino people”, displayed in several museums shortly after. Aside from winning Miss Universe this year, Catriona, who hails from Australia, holds the title of Miss World Philippines 2016. TAGS: Catriona Gray, Miss Universe 2018