Miss Philippines, Catriona Gray was recently elected the new Miss Universe at the conclusion of this year’s Miss Universe competition held on December 17, 2018 at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi Province,Thailand. She was crowned by outgoing titleholder Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters of South Africa. This year’s Miss Universe pageant was attended by delegates from 94 countries and territories. It is the highest number of entries that the said international pageant ever had.
The 2018 Miss Universe pageant commenced in the last week of November this year (2018). 94 candidates from all over the world travelled to Thailand to take part in this international beauty pageant. During the competition the candidates took part in a series of preliminary events and pre-pageant activities that helped in the election of the new winner.
Philippines’ Catriona Gray was a major front runner and crowd favourite candidate for the crown even before the pageant began. Her beauty, grace, charm and intellect were indeed unmatchable. Standing at a towering height of 5 feet 10 inches, Catriona is a model, actor and singer by profession. She is 24 years old and has brown hair and brown eyes. She is a proud alumna of the prestigious Berklee College of Music situated in Boston.
In the year 2016, Catriona was crowned Miss World Philippines at the 2016 Miss World Philippines beauty pageant and represented the Philippines at the Miss World 2016 competition held in the United States. She placed amongst the Top 5 finalists of the said pageant however did not win the main crown. This did not stop Catriona from following her dreams and making her country even mre proud. She then joined the oldest and most renowned national level beauty pageant in the Philippines, the Binibining Pilipinas (or Miss Universe Philippines). She won the coveted Miss Universe Philippines crown and also won the rights to represent her nation at the biggest and most respected international beauty pageant in the world, the Miss Universe pageant.
Her not winning the Miss World 2016 pageant turned out to be a blessing in disguise for as she was destined to win the biggest international beauty pageant in world in future. That became a reality when this gorgeous lady from the pearl of the orient sea, the Philippines was named Miss Universe 2018 in Thailand. Catriona is the first and only Filipina till date who has won both the Miss World Philippines and Miss Universe Philippines titles in the history of Philippine pageantry.
Her journey to the Miss Universe 2018 crown is a quintessential example of the phrase, “hard work always pays off”. She continued to work hard despite encountering numerous hurdles in her journey to making her nation proud. She a perfect example of a “confidently beautiful Filipina with a heart”, a phrase that has been immortalised by former Miss Universe from the Philippines, Pia Wurtzbach.
Catriona won numerous awards and prizes apart from winning that beautiful Miss Universe crown. Soon, Catriona will begin her duties as Miss Universe and will travel to different parts of the world working for the several social causes supported by the Miss Universe organization. She will also take part in various social and fashion events across the globe in coming months.