The Philippines' Catriona Gray was crowned Miss Universe 2018 in a competition in Bangkok, besting contestants from 93 other countries and delighting her home nation. Gray wore a sparkling red dress she said was inspired by a volcano in the Philippines as she was handed the crown to the delight of a roaring crowd that generally favoured Southeast Asian contestants. All pictures/Catriona Gray Instagram
The 24-year-old singer and model said she wore red because "when I was 13 my mom said she had a dream that I would win Miss Universe in a red dress." She said her mom cried when they saw each other after she won the competition, the 67th Miss Universe pageant. According to Gray, her gown's design, with its lava colour and appearance, was influenced by Albay's iconic Mayon Volcano
South Africa's Tamaryn Green, a medical student, and Venezuela's Sthefany Guterrez, studying to be a lawyer, secured the first runner-up and second runner-up spots at the gala ceremony, where Spain's Angela Ponce made history as the first transgender woman to contend for the title of Miss Universe
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning Steve Harvey, the show in Bangkok saw Catriona Gray taking an ecstatic first walk as Miss Universe in a dazzling red gown with a thigh-high slit. She was crowned by Miss Universe 2017 Demi Leigh Nel-Peters, who comes from South Africa
In the final question round, Catriona Gray was asked about the most important lesson she has learnt in life and how would she apply it in her time as Miss Universe. She said: "I work a lot in the slums of Manila and life there is very poor and sad. I have always taught myself to look for the beauty in it, to look for the beauty in the faces of the children, and I would bring this aspect as a Miss Universe to see situations with a silver lining and to asses where I could give something and provide something
Catriona Gray added, "And if I could also teach people to be grateful, we could have an amazing world where negativity would not brew and foster, and children would have a smile on their face."negativity."
Earlier in the competition, Catriona Gray was asked about her views on legalisation of marijuana. She said: "I am all for it being used in medical use but not so much for recreational use, because I think if people were to argue what about cigarettes and alcohol... Well, everything is good, but in moderation."
Catriona Gray who pipped 93 other contestants to win the title, has a love for the arts and holds a Master Certificate in Music Theory. She is an adventure junkie and is passionate about her love for Filipino dishes including adobo, balut and the sweetest mangoes in the world
As for her philanthropic side, Catriona Gray is an HIV/AIDS advocate at Love Yourself PH and volunteers as a Teacher's Assistant to the students of Young Focus NGO, according to the official Miss Universe website
The theme of Miss Universe 2018 pageant was "Empowered Women" and was judged by seven women including former pageant winners, businesswomen and a fashion designer
Catriona Gray was born on January 6, 1994. Her father is Australian and mother is a Filipino mother. She grew up in Cairns, Australia
Catriona Gray is a television host, singer, model, stage actress. She was crowned Miss Universe 2018 in Bangkok, Thailand. She is the fourth Filipino to win the pageant
Catriona Gray was a student at Trinity Anglican School in Cairns. She received a certificate in Music Theory from the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts
Catriona Gray has a certificate in Outdoor Recreation and a black belt in Choi Kwang-Do martial arts.
Catriona Gray was the lead singer of her school's jazz band. She also starred in local productions of Miss Saigon. After finishing high school in Australia, she then moved to the Philippines
Catriona Gray worked as a commercial model in Philippines. She was crowned Miss Universe Philippines 2018 and Miss World Philippines 2016
Catriona Gray is an advocate for HIV/AIDS education and prevention after losing a close friend to the virus. She additionally supports Love Yourself Philippines, an organisation that offers free testing, education and treatment to those living with HIV/AIDS, and now as Miss Universe, plans to bring more awareness to the epidemic
Catriona Gray is an avid traveller. She loves travelling around the world and writes about her explorations all over her blog. She has written extensively about her travels across the Philippines, China, the United States and Vietnam
Catriona Gray's favourite Filipino food is adobo. She also counts balut among her favourite Filipino food.
Catriona Gray is currently in a relationship with German-Filipino actor boyfriend Clint Bondad
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